Jefferson Community School seeks to broaden learning opportunities beyond traditional classroom walls. Our expeditions create an extended experiential learning opportunity.
JCS Vietnam Expediton 2012
Central to the JCS educational philosophy is the belief that the world is a classroom. JCS expects its students to develop an awareness and informed perspective of the complex interconnections and issues among cultures, ideologies, ecologies, and economics.
Shorter expeditions often include camping in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, cultural excursions in Seattle, bike rides, and beach clean ups. These trips are a chance for students of all ages to develop relationships based on mutual experiences outside of the classroom.
During expeditions, relationships are strengthened, issues raised, and solutions discovered as we build confidence in our school community, face personal and group challenges, and develop individual leadership skills.
- Expeditions are connected to and integrated with the curriculum.
- Most JCS expeditions offer a personal challenge component.
- They generally incorporate some sort of service learning.
- The ultimate goal of any JCS expedition is to immerse our students in a different culture, a new place, or an interesting experience with the inevitable result of developing both resilience and personal growth.
The expedition program develops and changes with the year, the budget, the number of students, and the curriculum. In general, younger students will stay closer to home, while older students may participate in longer journeys. For longer expeditions, students must be able to demonstrate that they have the skills and attitudes necessary to meet the personal and group challenges involved.
In the past, JCS students have documented their longer expeditions with video, and created video presentations, which you can view below.
JCS Baja Expedition 2012
JCS Costa Rica Expedtion 2011
JCS New Orleans Expedition 2011