Road Scholars

What Is The Road Scholars Program?

Although books and classrooms offer wonderfully comprehensive educational learning experiences, citizens of the 21st century will be expected to learn and re-learn from their working and living environment. The skills for critical observation and comprehension from a person’s surroundings are essential lifelong learning objectives. Field trips are direct approaches to enhancing academic background that increase the variety and depth of out-of-class experiences. A field trip can best be described as a living laboratory in which learning is acquired through active, hands-on experience with the rich resources of the local community. Field trips extend the resources available to students in the classroom. They expand learning by giving the student access to the real thing. They illustrate and permit experience with what has been read about or viewed on television or computer software. Field trips are linked to the classroom because they are contextualized within the classroom curriculum.

Field trips can contribute to many different disciplines of the school curriculum and demonstrate, for example, that mathematics is not separate from art, from science, from history, etc. The world is not segregated into neat little boxes with labels such as social studies and science. A field trip is an opportunity for learning in an interdisciplinary setting, to bring it all together and to start the process of thinking. Field trips provide a setting for the practice of observational skills, to awaken curiosity and inquiry. They stimulate and focus class work by helping students synthesize information.

According to its vision statement, St. Patrick Academy is a gateway into 21st century learning, providing students with the tools to succeed as faith-filled, community-focused and self-motivated learners prepared to meet the needs of a diverse and changing world. Field trips are a powerful vehicle for building 21st century skills and connecting students to the world as an essential dimension of their academic classroom. In order for students to become agents of transformation and change in our world, they will require knowledge beyond the confines of the Academy.

Where Do Road Scholars Go?

The 2017-18 Road Scholars Program will include the following field trips:

Kindergarten

  • Sacramento Children’s Museum
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Roseville Theatre Arts Academy – “Seussical”
  • Fog Willow Science Farm

First Grade

  • Roseville Utility Exploration Center
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Roseville Theatre Arts Academy – “Seussical”
  • Fog Willow Science Farm

Second Grade

  • Effie Yeaw Nature Center
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Woodland Opera House – “James and the Giant Peach”
  • Stonelake Preserve Nature Center

Third Grade

  • California Museum
  • Woodland Opera House – “James and the Giant Peach”
  • World of Wonders Science Museum
  • Crocker Art Museum

Fourth Grade

  • Woodland Opera House – “Anne of Green Gables”
  • Exporatorium
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Rhoads School

Fifth Grade

  • Voyages of Discovery
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • B Street Theatre – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Sixth Grade

  • Sacramento Theatre Company – “Peter Pan”
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Powerhouse Science Center
  • Chabot Space and Science Center

Seventh Grade

  • Traylor Ranch Nature Preserve
  • NatureBridge
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Sacramento Theatre Company – “Twelfth Night for Kids”

Eighth Grade

  • Woodland Opera House – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Marello Youth Retreat Center
  • Chabot Space and Science Center