Orchard Middle School Students Stay Overnight on Campus After Canoe Trips With Advisories
Middle School at Orchard starts in 5th grade and goes through 8th grade. The program is centered around the academic, social, and emotional needs of young adolescents. Our small student to teacher ratio affords teachers the emotional space to create meaningful relationships with students. This safe and encouraging atmosphere allows students to build confidence and independence as they explore their interests and individuality.
For example, fifth-grade students learn to canoe as part of their outdoor education and PE curriculum. Each advisory embarks on a 24-hour canoeing/overnight experience during the first few weeks of school. During the excursion, students learn the parts of a canoe, canoeing skills, how to start a fire, and how to assemble a tent. Overall, they canoe Eagle Creek Reservoir and White River and spend the night on campus by the cabin.