Student Travel & Field Study
Each grade level at City High School participates in a multi-day fieldtrip during the academic year as a way of enhancing our knowledge of our region (history, biology, geology, economics) and as a way of building a sense of group identity and community.
Recent multi-day field trips have included:
- Grade 9 traveling across the border to Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico for a stay at the Centro Intercultural de Estudios Desiertos y Oceanos, commonly known as CEDO.
- Grade 10 exploring the ghost town of Ruby, AZ and nearby Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.
- Grade 11 heading north on a statewide college tour with visits to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and Prescott College.
- Grade 12 engaging in an exchange with partner school Aldo Leopold High School and visits Silver City, New Mexico and the Gila Wilderness.
In addition to the big multi-day field trips, students participate in one-day and half-day field study on a regular basis at regional sites, such as Biosphere II, Tumacacori National Historical Park, the Arizona State Capitol, San Xavier del Bac Mission, and multiple locations at the University of Arizona (Center for Creative Photography, Arizona State Museum, etc.).
“I am so impressed with the faculty and students at your school. A group of juniors came to Ruby last week for 2 nights of camping. At that age, students are like herding cats, but the teachers were so easy with them, no yelling and fussing. And the students were really responsible; it was lovely talking with them. On Monday eve, Tallia, our unofficial historian, talked to them about what it was like growing up in a remote mining town; on Tuesday, Jack Childs, one of the people involved in monitoring jaguar activity in southern Arizona, had a slide show of borderland animals he has captured on film. Afterward, the students invited us back for dinner that they prepared. (The teachers stayed right out of it: no interference!). It was a great meal with the full moon just coming over the hills. So, congratulations to the staff and board for guiding such a meaningful education program. I look forward to more adventures!”
~Howard Frederichs, Steward of the Ghost Town of Ruby, Arizona