The Nightingale schoolhouse extends to the world-class city just outside our blue doors and to the globe beyond.
One of the pillars of our Upper School program is the Class IX trip to London. Whether or not she has been there before, each girl sees the city, and herself, through new eyes. The trip is the capstone to months of study linking literature, history, science, and art—this last discipline exemplified as every student presents a lecture about an artist while standing in front of the artist’s work in the National Gallery. Upper School students studying world religions have twice traveled to holy sites throughout India over spring vacation, while advanced science students in Classes VII and VIII can do fieldwork in Costa Rica or the American Southwest. Our chorus has toured throughout Europe, and our classics students have traveled extensively throughout Rome and southern Italy. From the quantity and quality of our curricular trips and semester-away opportunities to our longstanding community service program, Nightingale’s engagement with the wider world is unsurpassed in independent schools.
In addition to international trips that arise out of Nightingale's curriculum, our students participate in a number of overnight trips that allow them to focus on leadership skills, team-building, and social-emotional development. These trips, which begin in Class IV, take our girls to Greenkill, Philadelphia, Cooperstown, and Frost Valley, New York, as well as to our nation's capital.
In Middle and Upper School, students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of programs and exchanges that allow them to expand their educational horizons and develop lifelong friendships with students around the world. The first opportunity is in the Middle School, when selected girls join with boys from St. Bernard’s School to visit the Dragon School in England. To the right is a list of the diverse programs available to our Upper School girls.