Grades 6-12; Boarding 8-12


Travel Opportunities/Exchange Programs

Travel Opportunities for Experiential Learning 

This year, in addition to our many experiential learning offerings on campus, we are offering opportunities for students to enjoy  academic experiences that will connect classroom knowledge with real-world learning. All travel opportunities will require a student application process. Those selected for each trip must commit to attend four pre-travel and two post-travel academic sessions as well as develop a project that will expand their knowledge and be shared with the School community upon their return.


Spring Break Offerings

Environmental Science and Sustainability in Puerto Rico 

Puerto Rico, “La Isla del Encanto” or the Island of  Enchantment, is the home of rich ecosystems that coexist in a relatively small 100 x 35-mile area. Students will explore the island from the mountain forests to the crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea while conducting research alongside  ecologists and marine scientists, visit working farms, and learn  about hurricane recovery efforts through an environmental justice lens. The trip will include visits to important cultural sites in the San Juan area. 

Dates: March 15-23 (Spring Break) 
Price: $2000 
Open to all students; preference/priority given to Environmental Science students and Green Team members
Questions: Contact Dr. Andrews or Ms. Lamoutte 
Apply here by October 30.

Habla Español – Madrid/Barcelona Spanish Exchange 

Dive into Spanish culture and improve your proficiency level by living with a host family and exploring Spanish culture. Enjoy a La Liga soccer match, get a glimpse of Picasso’s  Guernica, eat tapas, enjoy a flamenco show, amaze yourself with the extraordinary architecture of Gaudi, y mucho más! Students who travel to Spain in 2023 should be able to host an international student in October 2024, but boarding students who cannot host are also encouraged to apply. 

Dates: March 14-26 (Spring Break)
Hosting Dates: October 2024 
Price: $2900 
Open to all Spanish students in Spanish II Honors or higher
Apply here by October 30.


Summer Offerings

Andean Odyssey: Journey into Pre-Columbian Peru 

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Peru, where you’ll  uncover the rich tapestry of Inca culture and the breathtaking  landscapes of this enchanting country. Explore the Sacred Valley nestled in the historic town of Ollantaytambo. Visit awe-inspiring Inca ruins including iconic Machu Picchu. Venture to Cusco, the world’s third-highest city, where you’ll  immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and history of this  remarkable region. Your Peruvian journey will be a blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and natural beauty  that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.  

Dates: June – 10 days (exact days TBD) 
Price: $3000 
This trip is open to all rising juniors and seniors, with preference/priority given to students who have already taken or will be enrolled in Colonial Latin American History, Global Studies, and/or Economics, in that order. If space allows, students taking Spanish will be considered. 
Questions: Contact Ms. Jones or Dr. Sisserson
Apply here by November 15.  

STEM – Malawi Trip

Students will use their STEM skills to bring innovative solutions to low-resource communities in Malawi. This year, on our third trip to this region, students will continue to work on designing a water filter and a hybrid sanitary napkin, along with a supportive economic infrastructure, and they will also blueprint an outdoor play space. Students will engage in cultural and educational activities while executing their project work. The trip is open to all students who are working on at least one of the Malawi projects during this academic year.

Dates: June – 10 days (exact days TBD)
Price: $3,250
Questions: Contact Ms. Wirsig


Student Exchanges

For the first time, Pennington will be offering students in Grades 8, 9, and 10 the opportunity to experience a month abroad in Barcelona, Spain (St. Paul’s School) or Loches, France (St. Denis International School) in an all-English program. All grade-eligible students are welcome to apply here by October 30. Questions? Email Dr. Castro at
Dates: January 15 to February 15, 2024