Eleventh Grade Travel
New York Trip
The eleventh graders complete their blocks in History through Music with a week of museums, music and theatre. Accompanied by school directors and the ninth graders, they negotiate ‘The City’ by subway, sample ethnic cuisine, visit galleries, and attend concerts. The academic focus of the trip is music: the students see an opera, take a backstage tour of the Met, attend a rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic and discuss the music and orchestral history with the musicians. Evenings are filled with Broadway plays. Afterward, students are asked to articulate their reactions to the theatre they’ve seen; through their participation in these discussions, eleventh graders continue to refine their critical thinking skills.
One of the joys of being a Tara student is gaining a love for, and an understanding of, Shakespeare. This is no small feat; it comes from working on (and performing) a Shakespeare play in a manner that brings clarity to every word and every image, and an in-depth study of Hamlet.
The Hamlet retreat takes place in a mountain home in Red Feather Lakes during the February Intensive. For one week, the play is studied all day long, and the material covered is equal to a three-week block.
The Hamlet Intensive was probably my favorite academic block in all of the four years that I was at Tara. To be away from school for a whole week in the mountain cabin and do nothing but discuss Hamlet from morning until night was exciting, engaging and so satisfying. With the fire going and the snow falling gently outside, I was transported by our inspired teacher into the world of Shakespeare’s ideas, his language, his questions and his wisdom. I did not even want to stop talking about it at dinner!
Twelfth grade student