Saint Augustine once said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Beginning in seventh grade, Dominion’s students gain knowledge through first-hand exploration of history and science.In middle school, students travel to the Chesapeake Bay to investigate its ecology, and they visit Philadelphia to revisit their study of American history.
Upper school students continue discovering the world by: experiencing American history in Boston, learning about serving others through a service program trip, and exploring prospective colleges by taking a college road tour. In either the junior or senior year, each student will also participate in a “Grand Tour,” exploring ancient history through a trip to Europe.
Each Friday, students enjoy time outside of class for a bit of “intellectual leisure” as we draw from the extensive networks and resources in the Washington, D.C. area. From a conversation with a retired United States Ambassador, to participating in a colloquium at Faith and Law on Capitol Hill, to engaging with a former NPR journalist, to a conversation with a law firm defending religious liberties, to considering the ethical implications of stem cell research through a conversation with a bioethicist, upper school students at Dominion enjoy a host of opportunities to engage with real-life questions.