Outdoor & Experiential Learning
Each grade level takes one trip away from campus each year. While the destinations can vary from year to year, below is a sample of our itineraries and locations from past years.
6th Grade Trip
This trip happens at the end of September, once the sixth graders have experienced their first few weeks of middle school. The focus is on setting an intention on what the girls want to get out of middle school. Traveling to Lake Santeetlah, the students learn the school pledge, the alma mater, and what it means to be a Hanger Hall girl. This is a challenge by choice experience, including ropes courses and whitewater rafting trip.The girls begin to form bonds with one another that last throughout their middle school years.
7th Grade Trip
The seventh graders take their annual trip at the end of the first quarter, in October. The focus is self-care, and the importance of not only working hard, but playing hard. In seventh grade, students begin to put the executing functioning skills that they learned in 6th grade into practice, and often notice that the academic rigor has picked up considerably. This trip is meant to be a respite from that rigor and a time to reflect and prepare for the year ahead. In the past, students have traveled to Folly Beach, SC to relax and process the first quarter as a group. Students have enjoyed activities like stand-up paddleboarding and exploring the local bird sanctuary.
8th Grade Trip
The eighth graders traditionally take their trip in February to the Florida keys. Students stay in a rustic lodge and spend time stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and riding bikes in the Everglades. The focus of this trip is to reflect back on the year so far and to set goals for what students hope to accomplish before they graduate from Hanger Hall. Students begin to process what it will mean to leave middle school and transition to high school from a social-emotional perspective.
While each grade level takes their trip, the remaining two grades take part in something called Experiential Week, where the girls take a deep dive into topics like industrial arts, engineering, coding, or exploring western North Carolina, all while remaining in Asheville. So even though they are not taking part in an overnight adventure, they take the opportunity to immerse themselves in topics not typically covered in the traditional school curriculum.