Palmer Trinity School has made a commitment to experiential education, domestic and global travel- including language, culture, service and adventure travel. Experiential education gives students the freedom to engage content and skills: to work alone and in teams, and to develop abilities and confidence in a praxis of action. It also offers a time for reflection to clarify what students have learned about themselves, the project undertaken and the wider values of their world. Teachers who work with experiential learning programs are undertaking a different kind of educational experience.
The following is a list of travel experiences available to students during the 2023-2024 school year. Please email the Travel Contact for more information, or if you have any questions.
Other Travel Experiences may be added throughout the academic year as opportunities arise.
Palmer Trinity offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia and Madrid, Spain. In 2022 our first exchange began with two schools in Sydney: Abbotsleigh and St. Catherine's as part of our exchange network. In 2019, our Spanish partner moved to Colegio Liceo Sorolla in Madrid.
The curriculum of these three schools matches well with our academic program. United States colleges and universities have looked favorably upon our students who have studied abroad. The experience has been life-changing for many of our students. It has produced life-long friendships and a greater global perspective on many issues. Students selected for the programs are away the second semester of Year 9 and 10.
The only cost of the program is the airline ticket to Spain, or Australia. Students will live with a family chosen by the international school. The schools have an intense interview process to make sure the families are acceptable. The family will have children of the same age attending the international school your child will attend. By paying Palmer Trinity’s tuition, you have paid the tuition at the school in Australia, or Spain, so there are no extra tuition costs. Of course, incidentals must be paid by PTS parents such as normal spending money for weekends.
The programs are competitive.
Round Square Exchange
Through our partnership with Round Square, Palmer Trinity is able to offer multiple exchanges with our Round Square Schools. These programs are six weeks long. They are reciprocal so families must be able to host in order to be able to participate.
The Study Away Student Application can be found on the Downloads page on the Resource Board. You can access the Resource Board by logging in to the PTS Online Community.
PARTNER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Abbotsleigh School (Grade 10) Abbotsleigh is an independent Anglican school for girls that encourages each girl to develop her potential by fostering her pursuit of personal and academic excellence. The School provides a quality, well-balanced education, underpinned by the Christian faith. Each girl is empowered to be a courageous, constructive, and compassionate world citizen who embraces diversity and has a will to serve others. Abbotsleigh
Colegio Liceo Sorolla, Madrid, Spain (Grade 10) Founded in 1975, Colegio Liceo Sorolla is an international, K-12, coeducational, secular school in Pozuelo de Alarcón, a suburb of Madrid.
Liceo Sorolla School is defined as a school of learning, knowledge and values. The teachers are counselors and coaches who give relevance to the teaching of techniques, tools and resources following the most innovative methodologies. The goal of the school is to offer students the best experience of their lives while learning to be World Citizens. Students interested in this program must have a strong command of written and spoken Spanish as courses are taught in Spanish. Liceo Sorolla
St. Catherine's School (Grade 9) Founded in 1856, St. Catherine's is the oldest Anglican girls' school in Australia. With 167 years of experience in educating young women, it offers a reguours academic program and one of the broadest curriculum choices. St. Catherine's School Palmer Trinity also has relationships with The Alzar School in Idaho and Chile, and CITYTerm in New York City. These programs are for sophomores and juniors. Both programs have their own application process, and their own tuition and fees scales, and are not covered by the Palmer Trinity School tuition. However, each school does offer financial assistance. Please visit these schools' websites and contact them during the student's freshman year for admission during the second semester of sophomore year.
Alzar School (Grade 10 & 11) The official mission of the school is: to educate and facilitate the leadership development of high school students. That mission statement might be summed up as “The Alzar School is trying to mold the next generation of leaders, the people that will go out there and make significant change in the world.”
The Alzar School is helping to fill the leadership void. The world needs more leaders to tackle the social and environmental issues. Many students think that the point of an education is to prepare them for a job, to make a living, or for more education (college, med school, etc). We believe that students can be expected to do more, that education is meant to prepare you to make the world a better place. We know that our students will be well-prepared for university challenges and that they will be able to make a living in a career of their choice. They will be able to achieve these things and have the leadership skills to direct their energy and talents toward improving their local communities and confronting the global issues that they are passionate about. Alzar School
Island School, Bahamas (Summer Only)
The Island School in Eleuthera, Bahamas offers a transformative educational summer journey. Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world may apply. With the campus and surrounding ocean as laboratories, the School partners with a world-class science research facility. The Island School Summer Term is a 30-day intensive program from June 28th to July 28th that focuses on questioning what it means to live well in a place. Through a rigorous course of study that includes field work in local ecosystems, explorations of local settlements and the socioeconomic impacts of development, and dynamic involvement in the systems and resources upon which we rely, Summer Term students grapple with how communities – whether on an island in The Bahamas or in a town in the States – can live most sustainably.