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World As Campus
/Learning in the context of the real world

In The Neighborhood
Community service has always been an important part of the Phoenix experience. The school’s presence in Salem’s downtown area and its flexible curriculum have positioned the Phoenix to respond to many opportunities in support of the local community. The Phoenix offers and annual Halloween party for young children during Haunted Happenings, joins with the Salem Rotary and Chamber of Commerce to host students from Japan and Ireland, and has worked with the Council on Aging, Help for Abused Women and Children (HAWC), Headstart and local food pantries.

On the Bus
Each year the entire school heads off as a great big family for a four-day educational program that may incorporate a theme we have been studying all year or reflect the site we visit. It is a reward after a year of hard work, but it is also an unique opportunity to live and learn together. We have studied on the sand dunes of Cape Cod, in the woods of New Hampshire, in the tide pools of Maine, and on a working farm in Athol, Massachusetts. In recent years, we have gone to a summer camp in western Massachusetts to create a circus or a production to be performed on the Main Stage at Salem State College.

Around the World
In early spring, students in grades 5-8 embark on a travel study trip to a location of geological, historical, cultural and/or scientific significance. This week-long adventure has taken students to the Florida Everglades, Mammoth Cave, Carlsbad Caverns, Crow Canyon in Colorado, Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Tortola in the British West Indies, the Netherlands and even Italy!