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7th Grade Families

Refer to the Class Trip 2022 page for trip information.

Sign-ups are April 2021 to Fall 2021.

8th Grade Families

Refer to the Class Trip 2021 page for trip information.

Sign-ups are April 2020 to Fall 2020.

Class Trip

Each year since 2014, 8th grade students are invited to take a 7-day 6-night trip with the Palms Middle School History Department for the Founding Fathers East Coast Tour.

Due to the pandemic, we don't know yet if the 2021 Class Trip will take place.

Students visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC during the week of Spring Recess in the Spring semester of their 8th grade year.

The tour is run by the Explorica educational travel service, with Palms teachers as the chaperones. There is at least one adult for each 9 students.

The trip is for students and teachers only -- not for parents, not even as chaperones.

Testimonial

Here's what former Palms student Jeristella Go had to say about the trip:

The trip was actually my first time visiting the East Coast.

Not only did I get closer to some of the people in my class, but I was also able to put my passion of filmmaking and photography into practice. It was a lot of fun taking photos and videos of the places we went to with my friends and just capturing the memories we would later look back on.

My favorite part of the trip was definitely at Boston when we arrived back at the hotel and it started snowing. That was my first time experiencing actual snowfall and then waking up the next morning with snow everywhere. It was pretty captivating.

This trip has definitely benefited me as it inspired me to keep exploring the world and using photography and filmmaking as my medium in my adventures. I am now at UCLA majoring in physiological science and I plan to study abroad in the future. 

Signing Up

Although the trip is in March or April of the student's 8th grade year, sign-ups begin a year earlier, in the Spring of their 7th grade year, and end in the Fall semester of their 8th grade year.

Early registration (with a discount) is available in April and May, with full-price registration in June and the Fall semester.

The trip fills to capacity, after which there is a waiting list. In a typical  year, about 50 students sign up before the start of the Fall semester. Additional students from the waiting list may be added in the Fall.

Friend of Palms provides scholarships for a few students who couldn't otherwise participate.

Eligibility

Eligibility is based on the rules for Eighth Grade Eligibility as of the Fall semester 20-week report card.

Explorica sells travel insurance called Travel Protection Plan Plus that covers students who are unable to take the trip because they do not meet these eligibility requirements.

Class Trip photos by Jeristella Go
Used with permission

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