Signature Programs

Experiential Learning

Malibu's Camp Hilltop

Malibu's Camp HilltopDuring the first week of November, Middle School students embarked on their annual 3-day/2-night outdoor adventure as part of Westmark’s signature experiential learning program. 6th and 7th grade students traveled to Malibu's Camp Hilltop. Each day was packed with outdoor adventures that also provided opportunity to learn the values of leadership, teamwork, and communication.

Students learned to place trust in their classmates, got creative, took some risks, forged new friendships and had tons of fun!

In Malibu, 6th and 7th grade students hiked to the top of Camp Hilltop where they marveled at the beautiful view overlooking the ocean. Students learned to place their trust in their classmates as they braved the high ropes course in pairs and leaped into the arms of their partner. Students also scaled the rock wall and embraced their inner artist as they decorated frames with collages made from magazine clippings. Students also experienced a chuckle creating outfits for each other using only newspaper and tape as materials.

Big Bear

Big BearDuring the first week of November, Middle School students embarked on their annual 3-day/2-night outdoor adventure as part of Westmark’s signature experiential learning program. 8th graders headed to Big Bear’s Cedar Lake Camp. Each day was packed with outdoor adventures that also provided opportunity to learn the values of leadership, teamwork, and communication.

Students learned to place trust in their classmates, got creative, took some risks, forged new friendships and had tons of fun!

In Big Bear, 8th graders were treated to a sight never seen in Los Angeles-snow! Naturally, students welcomed this sight by making snow angels and initiating an impromptu snowball fight with each other and faculty chaperones Mr. Paul Curtis and Ms. Erin Shapiro. Students enjoyed the calm serenity of Cedar Lake and also participated in the high ropes course like their 6th and 7th grade counterparts. Our 8th grade students rose to the expectation of responsibility and independence and impressed their faculty chaperones with their camaraderie, fearlessness and willingness to take risks.

Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.Spring break was an exciting time for our 8th grade class; faculty chaperones Mr. Paul Curtis, Ms. Vanita Star and Ms. Erin Schwarz led our students to Washington D.C. They had the opportunity to be given a private tour of the Capital, visit historical monuments such as Mount Vernon and even explored the Natural History Museum. The kids enjoyed being together outside of the school's setting, gained independence, developed deeper relationships, and had a blast with their pizza and pool party at the hotel! D.C. taught the students a better understanding of the nation's history.

Sarah Hamilton
Director of Student Life and Campus Operations

818-986-5045, ext. 372
shamilton@westmarkschool.org

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