Experiential Learning

TIS includes experiential learning and field trips a vital part of the PYP and MYP curriculums.  Experiential Learning provides students with a way to combine academic, practical and social learning.  These trips connect concepts across disciplines creating a deeper understanding of the topics.  Teachers collaborate to ensure that trips align with state standards and allow students to extend classroom learning to the world around them.  Students apply their learning to practical situations and after field trips reflect on their experience improving their retention and understanding.  Additionally, these trips help to build a stronger community and lasting memories for the students.

Mutli-Day Trips:

5th Grade – Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM

A 3-day trip to Northern New Mexico to explore the Art, Ecology, Paleontology and Archeology of New Mexico.  This serves as the kick-off for the 5th Grade Exhibition.

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6th Grade – Socorro, NM

A 2-day trip to Southern New Mexico for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Very Large Array, the Mineral museum and a star-gazing party at the NM Tech Observatory.


7th Grade and 9th Grade – Bandelier National Monument/Jemez Mountains

A 2-day trip to the heart of the Jemez Mountains to explore New Mexico History.  The ancient civilization at Bandelier, Fossil Hunting, Hiking and team building.


8th Grade and 9th Grade – Guatemala

A 3-week summer trip to Antigua, Guatemala. “The goal of this trip is to immerse into a culture other than our own  and to learn a language for fluency to provide better job opportunities for our future;  to provide community service to those less fortunate than ourselves and  to learn to appreciate all that we have as citizens of the USA. ” —TIS Guatemala Travel Team


Recent Day Trips:

3rd Grade – Los Ranchos De Las Golondrinas
4th Grade – Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program