Student Travel & Field Study

Kitt Peak

Ninth graders spend a night at Kitt Peak Observatory as part of their astronomy studies.

Each grade level at City High School participates in a multi-day field trip during the academic year to enhance their knowledge of our region and to create community as a class.

In recent years, the big trips have included:

  • Grade 9 spending an overnight at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
  • Grade 10 traveling to Los Angeles, CA for an exploration of 20th-century history and culture, including visits to the Japanese National Museum, the Museum of Tolerance, Homeboy Industries.
  • Grade 11 heading north on a statewide college tour with visits to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and Prescott College.
  • Grade 12 experiencing a Mt. Lemmon retreat to celebrate their time together as a class and to mark the occasion of their upcoming graduation from high school.

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