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Between 5th and 8th grades, our students spend a total of 24 days abroad.
The cultural and language travel experiences at ISDenver are a special part of the school, and their impact transcends well beyond the few weeks that the students are in another country. - ISDenver Parent
International Trips and Classrooms Without Walls
International School of Denver students are at home in Colorado and around the world.
ISDenver is the only elementary school in metro Denver that takes students on international trips. Our students’ world travels and shorter treks throughout their home state reinforce our commitment to developing globally minded and interculturally adept students who make positive contributions in our world.
Our third graders spend a week at YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park. They engage in outdoor and envionmental education programs, including a climbing, hiking, and other team building activities. This provides third graders an opportunity to spend time and both with students across all language programs.
ISDenver 4th graders from all language programs travel together to the Keystone Science School (KSS) for one week of intensive science instruction in English. Led by Keystone faculty, the students learn about water conservation, forest and aquatic ecology and environmental issues.
Our 5th graders enrolled in our Chinese program travel to China* with our faculty for ten days in the spring. Through immersion experiences, they visit Chinese schools and work with their students, learn history at Tiananmen Square, visit the Great Wall of China, and navigate the country using their advanced language skills.
*Due to COVID restrictions, our 2022 trip visited and explored the Chinese neighborhoods and history in Vancouver; in 2023, students will visit Taiwan.
ISDenver 5th graders enrolled in our French program visit Brest, France, Denver's sister city, for an exchange program with E'cole Saint Louis. Our students immerse themselves in the school and culture of Brest, and take several class trips around the region. In the spring, the students from France join us at ISDenver to complete the exchange program, where they stay with our families for a week, attend ISDenver, and explore Colorado with their fellow 5th graders.
Fall: Middle School Orientation/Mountain Trip
As part of the orientation to the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and to help our new and returning students bond together as a cohort, ISDenver 6th grade students spend time in the nearby mountains to complete team building initiatives, group challenges, hikes, rock-climbing, ropes courses, and more. This past year, ISDenver partnered with ARCC and Shwayder Camp for our annual overnight trip at the base of Mount Evans.
While based for three nights at the Dewey Bridge Campground, this trip includes opportunities for mountain biking, hiking in Canyonlands National Park, rafting on the Colorado, pool time at the rec center, and exploring the Potash Petroglyphs and Dinosaur Tracks. This trip is planned and run by Grand Classroom Student Travel Company with ISDenver teachers accompanying as chaperones.
In collaboration with their Earth science studies, ISDenver 7th graders spend a week exploring the area around Grand Canyon National Park. They take a scenic float trip down the Colorado River, hike the Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop Trails in Bryce Canyon National Park, visit the Emerald Pools at Zion National Park and hike into the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab trail. This trip is planned and run by Grand Classroom Student Travel Company with ISDenver teachers accompanying as chaperones.
As a capstone of their IB MYP curriculum, our 8th graders spend ten days on a service learning trip every spring. Here they help with reforestation projects, immerse themselves in the culture, and tour the diverse landscapes and communities throughout the country (previously, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic; in 2023, choosing one of three options below):
Panama Community Project and Surf
Adventure and education collide as students explore the colorful cultures, ancient plazas, and breathtaking beaches of Panama. In Panama City students explore the vibrant plazas and picturesque streets of Casco Viejo, Panama’s famous old quarter and visit the historic Panama Canal, to gain a better understanding of this contentious waterway. They also visit the beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro, and meet up with our local partners who are committed to empowering rural communities through various service projects. The trip concludes with students trying their hand at hanging ten on the perfect beginner waves of Panama's famous white sand beaches. This trip is planned and run by ARCC with ISDenver teachers accompanying as chaperones.
Belize Conservation Projects, Rainforest and Reefs
Partnering with a local conservation organization in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, students learn about Belize’s unique tropical landscape and lend a hand on several different research projects. Immersing themselves in this rainforest setting, students appreciate Belize’s diverse ecosystems and learn about all the work organizations are doing to protect these critical habitats. They also travel to the Caribbean coast and the small town of Placencia and visit an organization to learn about their work protecting Belize’s fragile coral reefs from climate change. The trip concludes with a visit to Laughing Bird Caye National Park and an opportunity to snorkel amongst Belize’s famous sea life. This trip is planned and run by ARCC with ISDenver teachers accompanying as chaperones.
Dominican Republic Community and Biodiversity
Students trek into the central highlands of the Dominican Republic where mountainous landscapes, coffee plantations and alpine pastures stretch as far as the eye can see. They explore the area’s rich biodiversity while learning how reforestation and ecotourism efforts have significantly helped replenish the land. As they are immersed in the local culture, they work together with non-profits and community members to build sustainable solutions to the conservation, economic and social challenges they face. This trip is planned and run by EF Tours with ISDenver teachers accompanying as chaperones.
Our school believes in the power of experiential learning that takes students well outside the bounds of the classroom. All students are invited to participate in multiple off-campus trips each school year. Popular destinations include the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Zoo, local farms, international food markets, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.