The AISJ Week Without Walls program begins in the middle school. These destination learning experiences are academically-themed and tied to middle school curricular outcomes. Each year, the middle school is collectively invited to explore a foreign country in which students are immersed in the topics and reality of what they study. There is also a service learning element included so that students are given the opportunity to give back to local communities. On this educational trip, students are lead by an in-country certified tour guide as well as a 10:1 student-teacher ratio. The essence of the experience is captured and shared with the community using a variety of 21st-century tools.
The goals of the Week Without Walls Trip are to:
- Provide a unique learning opportunity outside of the classroom.
- Promote personal independence and responsibility away from parental supervision.
- Develop a greater cultural sensitivity and awareness.
- To foster a greater sense of community and develop friendships.