Learning Through Experience
Two Days at the Beginning of the School Year
Each year, to kick off the start of school, all Bullis students enjoy two days of experiential education (ex-ed).
- These ex-ed experiences at Bullis help to blend new and returning students by emphasizing teamwork, respect for others, confidence, and the joy of discovery.
- Classes unite and friendships bud before the school year begins.
Each grade has a different adventure, which may include hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, or rafting. While some students team up to tackle a ropes course, others do service projects. Juniors visit college campuses as they work to identify their best college fit.
Week-long Sessions in the Spring
Middle School students engage in Global Studies Discovery Days, which connect to the science curriculum in each grade. Grade-level trips are to the Grand Canyon in 6th grade, the Florida Keys and Everglades in 7th grade, and Costa Rica in 8th grade. Choice, collaboration, and growth without grades are the hallmarks of Bullis Discovery Days— a time when students and teachers pause their regular school routines for an immersive experience in something new.
- Discovery Days encourages students to take risks, find their passions, ask interesting questions, and face challenges in a non-traditional setting.
- Students develop knowledge, skills, and values outside of the classroom.
- The trips further develop values of collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and resourcefulness.
Follow the journeys of our students on the Bullis Blog as they explore new destinations and create lifelong memories.