Christ the King students participate in field trips and retreats that enhance their academic experience and help instill a greater appreciation for God’s creation. We believe strongly that our students benefit from experiential learning and exposure to a wide array of different settings. With the support of parent volunteers who help to chaperone and drive, each year we arrange several off-site day trips for every class. We also offer our middle school students the opportunity to participate in the following special trips and retreats:
Outdoor Education Trip
Each year in September, our 6th, 7th and 8th graders take a three-day trip to a unique location within the state of Colorado. The trip provides an invaluable real-world learning experience for students and helps to support our academic curriculum in the areas of religion, science and social studies. During the three days, we encourage students to get to know others better and build solid friendships that will make their school experience more meaningful throughout the year. This fall, students enjoyed a wonderful experience at the John Paul II Science Lab in Bailey, Colorado.
Parents sponsor this opportunity for our eighth grade students in the spring of each academic year. The trip lasts for five days with a 4:1 student-to-adult ratio. In addition to visiting most of the major historical sites, our itinerary includes visits to the National Holocaust Museum and a Mass at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Students work to earn this trip during their 7th and 8th grade years.
Our eighth grade class retreat takes place on the day before graduation. The theme of this annual event is individual and community reconciliation. It is a moving experience that helps prepare our students for what awaits them when they move on to high school and future pursuits.
As a Catholic community, we strive to foster the spiritual growth of our students through experiences that will help them develop a close personal relationship with God. For this reason, seventh graders participate in an overnight religious retreat prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, as part of their religious instruction. This retreat gives students the opportunity to help build a caring Catholic community and to focus on their own spirituality while experiencing God apart from the day-to-day distractions of home and school. This year students will participate in "Mountain Madness" at the YMCA of the Rockies camp in Estes Park.