SAAS trips are lead by our own faculty and staff. We believe this both enhances and leverages our ability to Know the Kid, and that the entire school community is enriched by the bonds of respect and trust that are developed between leaders and students, outside a classroom setting.
Each fall, all families will be notified of the potential outdoor/travel trips for the current school year and summer. The Outdoor and Travel Program will also be updated with trip offerings information online. There will be an informational “Trip Night” on October 24, 2023 to provide additional information and allow families the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. After the sign-up process, families will be notified about their attendance or waitlist status.
Trips are not first come, first served. Once the signup deadline (November 10) has passed, the list of potential students will be reviewed by the Trip Committee and a roster and waitlist will be announced based on the following priorities:
Is the trip open to all students or only to a particular grade?
Priority to specific grades.
Priority to wait-listed students from previous years.
The Outdoor/Travel Program meets with division heads, counseling staff, and additional Seattle Academy faculty/staff when needed, to review the academic and behavioral standing, as well as the mental and physical health of each student signing up for a SAAS trip. When requested, parents agree to participate in family meetings with appropriate SAAS personnel prior to the trip acceptance to discuss potential trip logistics. Overnight and foreign trips involve activities and exposure to conditions and risks not present during the regular SAAS school day and trip acceptance may require consideration of student medical information in order to protect the safety, health and security of the trip participants. Parents and/or students agree to provide medical information and medical provider releases reasonably requested by SAAS prior to trip acceptance or departure.
Students seen by SAAS counseling staff specifically authorize counselors to release information concerning the student’s medical history, medications, mental/emotional health and accommodations to the Outdoor/Travel Program, and to discuss this information with other SAAS faculty and staff as needed to make arrangements for the trip.
All our staff members will have a minimum certification of First Aid and CPR, and the majority of our programs will include staff members with higher certifications, such as Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid.
Separate financial aid is made available to all Seattle Academy families for our outdoor and travel trips. One of the goals of the program is to provide all students who desire to participate, at least one school trip in both their middle and upper school careers, regardless of the financial circumstance. Requests for trip financial aid is provided in the trip sign up form.
If more students sign-up for a trip than spots available, a waitlist will be created. Families will receive notification via email when a spot has opened and their student has been selected. Waitlist students will be selected at random.
Freddy is a Seattle native and an alum of Seattle Academy ('04). He began working at SAAS in 2014 as a 10th Grade coordinator. Since then, Freddy has been a 9th-grade coordinator, varsity Golf coach, ran the Student Facilitator Program, led many trips including 6th-grade Alaska Trips, Senior Yukon trips, Odyssey trips, and is now the Director of Outdoor/Travel. Freddy studied Environment Education at Western Washington University. He was an outdoor educator specializing in marine education as a sea kayak guide and instructor in the Puget Sound. Freddy is passionate about everything outdoors and is grateful to share that passion with students through the Outdoor/Travel Program.