These diverse trips, sponsored by St. Albans unless otherwise noted, introduce students to a variety of programs, ranging from language study to service to music or sports. Costs vary for these programs; they generally range between $1000 and $3500.
On this trip developed in partnership with the program LITA, about fifteen Form A, I, and II students are immersed in rural and urban Andalusia, Spain, for one week in late June. Participants experience small-town Aracena, Huelva (population 8,000), which is off the beaten path of most tourists, as well as Seville, Spain’s fourth largest city, which has existed for 2,200 years and is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to receiving formal and informal language instruction, students engage in activities that include workshops on cooking, photography, and flamenco music and dance; visits to local artisans’ workshops; hiking; sight-seeing; and visiting a middle school. Lower School Spanish teachers serve as chaperones, and the group is accompanied by a LITA guide. Students, teachers, and the guide stay in hotels in both Aracena and Seville. Parents of interested students should attend information meetings and contact Lower School Spanish teacher Kelly Castellanos Evans in January.
WHO: About fifteen Lower School students in Forms A, I and II. Lower School Spanish teachers serve as chaperones, and the group is accompanied by a LITA guide.
WHEN: One week at the end of June.
HOW TO APPLY: Attend information meetings and contact Lower School Spanish teacher Kelly Castellanos Evans in January.
This one-week summer trip exposes Form I and II boys to the history and culture of England and France while allowing boys studying French to sharpen their language skills in Normandy, France.
This trip starts in London, where the group explores historical sites related to European history, in particular World War II. It visits the Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Abbey, takes a day trip to Oxford, and concludes the British sector with a stay in historic Portsmouth.
From Portsmouth, the group sets sail for Caen, France, and the town of Bayeux, where students take in the lush countryside and view the Bayeux Tapestry. Highlights of the French portion include visits to D-Day beaches, various war bunkers, the Normandy American Cemetery, and Mont Saint-Michel.
St. Albans faculty accompany a group of approximately 15 boys on this week-long trip, which is offered biennially. The next version of the trip is scheduled to take place in June 2020. Interested families should attend informational sessions the fall before departure.
WHO: St. Albans faculty accompany a group of approximately 15 Form I and II boys.
WHEN: This one week trip is offered every other year, starting in June 2020.
HOW TO APPLY: Attend informational meetings with French teacher Matthew Martone in the fall before departure.
To promote mutual understanding, cultural interchange, and a more peaceful world, ASSIST provides opportunities for outstanding international students to attend the finest American independent secondary schools on one-year scholarships.
Through the ASSIST program, an international student attends St. Albans for one year. ASSIST is not an exchange program; nevertheless, the student’s presence at school provides opportunities for all to learn about different countries and cultures. The ASSIST student lives in the dorm or with a host family when the dorm is closed, and he becomes fully immersed in school and extracurricular activities. During his stay, he shares—both informally and, if he chooses, formally—insights and information about his own country and culture. The mission of the nonprofit ASSIST organization, which selects the student and places him at St. Albans, is “to discover, select, place and support outstanding international students on one-year scholarships in American independent secondary schools of stature. ASSIST students are models of achievement at their American schools, where they add to the academic vitality of the community, make contributions to the artistic, athletic, community service and other extracurricular programs, and share willingly their own unique cultural backgrounds.”
THE PROGRAM: Every few years, the Chorale takes a two-week international tour, usually of one country. The Chorale is hosted by schools, mostly with home stays, at each stop. On tour, the Chorale gives about ten scheduled performances for, and with, school choirs, church choirs, and community choirs, and innumerable impromptu performances. Students take excursions during the day to see the country and one several-day excursion to an area of special interest.
REPORTS BY PAST PARTICIPANTS: Coming Soon
WHO: About 90 St. Albans and NCS students in the Chorale (Forms III-VI). (Participation is optional.) About ten teachers and parents serve as chaperones.
PAST TRIPS: Australia, England, Chile and Argentina, and South Africa.
WHEN: The last two-week trip occurred in June 2018. International Chorale trips occur once every four years so that every Chorale member may have a chance to participate.
HOW TO SIGN UP: Please check back at a later time for more information.
Located in Washington D.C., St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.