EBC Week

Some of the best educational opportunities and some of the deepest learning that occurs at Eastside Prep takes place not in the classroom, or, in many cases, even on campus, but instead when students intentionally break from their regular school work to explore the wider world around them. Travel, whether local, domestic, or international, is transformative. And that’s what EBC Week is all about – providing transformative educational experiences for our students.

Each year all students participate in a week of Education Beyond the Classroom in the spring. These EBC experiences include opportunities for students to travel, serve, and learn together. This year we have an exciting array of EBC offerings for students to choose from. Each experience is designed to give students the kind of opportunity that they simply cannot get during the regular school schedule, and we work hard to ensure that all experiences are mission driven as students learn to Think Critically, Act Responsibly, Lead Compassionately, and Innovate Wisely.

Below you will find the EBC Week options for Spring 2018. Students 8th grade and above are asked to select their top three choices with the understanding that they will be placed in one of those options. It is important that students, in consultation with parents/guardians, take these selections seriously. Once the three choices have been made they cannot easily be amended, and it will be assumed that the student is willing to participate in any three of these trips. Although we cannot guarantee students’ will be placed in their first choices, we can guarantee that each student will be placed in one of their top three choices – so make thoughtful selections. Placement in an EBC Week is final.

8th Grade EBC Application
US EBC Application

MS Experiences


Camp Orkila (5th Grade Trip)

Dates: March 26-29
For more than 100 years, YMCA Camp Orkila has inspired kids to pursue their potential while learning about and exploring the outdoors. Located on Orcas Island in the San Juans…

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NatureBridge (6th Grade trip)

Dates: March 26-29
NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental field science education for children and teens in some of the most magnificent classrooms—our national parks.

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Ashland Shakespeare Festival (7th Grade Trip)

Dates: March 25-29
On this dramatic experience students will travel to Ashland where the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is held.  Students will go to several professional productions, and will also…

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US Experiences

Important Dates:

  • November 1, 2017 – EBC Experiences Announced, Registration Open
  • November 15, 2017 – Application Forms Due
  • December 4, 2017 – EBC Experience Placements Announced
  • January 1, 2018 – EBC Deposits Due via Smart Tuition
  • March 1, 2018 – Balances Due via Smart Tuition
  • March 13 & 14, 2018 – EBC Information Nights (more details to come)
  • March 26-30, 2018 – EBC Week (please note some experiences depart or return on different days)

EBC Week Structure:

Each year we develop a menu of EBC offerings based on themes, which allows students to pursue educational travel that is connected to the EPS curriculum and their own personal interests. The 8 themes (listed below) also provide an organizational structure on which we build meaningful EBC experiences. The goal is to run trips that will be both meaningful and memorable for students. Our most impactful EBC experiences will then be offered on a two-year cycle. So, for example, the very successful NYC Arts trip that ran last year will not be offered this year, but will be offered in 2018. So students (and parents/guardians) will be able to plan with some certainty what kinds of trips will be offered in coming years.

EBC Themes:

International History/Culture, Spanish Language & Culture, Science & Tech, Outdoor, Arts, College Tours, Service, and American History/Culture

Risks:

Eastside Preparatory School makes every effort to ensure student safety during EBC Week, nevertheless there is some inherent risk associated with travel. We ask that all families carefully consider the level of risk that they are comfortable with before registering for a trip. We will provide risk assessment details for all international and outdoor trips, and we ask that all parents/guardians sign a General Release of Liability as well as a Consent to Treat Form for all trips.