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Field Studies at Devon Prep

Students learn in a variety of ways and experience can, at times, be the best teacher. At Devon Prep, students in all grades participate in our field education trips, whether they be day excursions to local museums, events, and experiences, or grade-level overnight trips to places of cultural significance or service sites.

Regardless of the duration, our well-developed field studies program is an integral part of the Devon experience, combining education with time to connect with classmates and discover new communities. The trips can also provide opportunities for self-reflection, inviting individual educational and spiritual growth. 

All trips are chaperoned by Devon faculty and staff. On overnight trips, students stay in hotels or service centers. More information about overnight grade-level trips can be found below.

Sixth and Seventh Grade- Early May

6th and 7th graders travel together, alternating between New York City and Washington, D.C. each year. 

While in NYC, our 6th and 7th graders visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory, and more. Trip favorites always include touring the locker rooms at Madison Square Garden and an evening at Dave & Buster’s!

In D.C., students experience Arlington National Cemetery and Mount Vernon, as well as capital mainstays such as the U.S. Capital, the Library of Congress and the Air & Space Museum. Evening activities include an arcade visit and walking tour of monuments.

Eighth Grade- Early May

The 8th Graders travel to Pittsburgh, where they take in all the historic and popular sites by foot as well as bus. En route they tour the Flight 93 Memorial, followed by visits to Heinz Field, Heinz History Center, St. Anthony Chapel, the Carnegie Science Center, and a ride up the Duquesne Incline once in town. Evening activities include a meal at the famed Primanti Brothers’ sandwich shop, as well as laser tag!

Ninth Grade- Early May

Devon freshmen visit Gettysburg, PA, where they tour some of our state’s most prominent historical landmarks with Devon Prep faculty member (and graduate!) Mr. Paul Sanborn. They visit the Seminary Ridge Museum, the National Civil War Medicine Museum and the Gettysburg Battlefield; other outings include time at Harper’s Ferry, a Frederick Keys baseball game, and bowling. 

Tenth Grade- Early May

The sophomore class takes a yearly service trip to the Romero Center Ministries in Camden, New Jersey. There, they participate in the center’s “Urban Challenge” experience centered around service and Catholic Social Teaching. Days are spent performing service at local schools, nursing homes and community centers, with evenings dedicated to group reflection and forming deeper connections with classmates.

Eleventh Grade- Mid-November

Devon Juniors travel to two service sites in Germantown and South Philadelphia to serve those in need within local communities. Service sites vary but could include spending time at local primary schools, planting community gardens, or helping at food banks. Students stay in community at the sites, offering opportunity for reflection and spending time with classmates.

Twelfth Grade- Mid-November

The Devon Prep field studies program culminates with a senior class trip to Naples, Florida for  week of service, physical and cultural activities and general fun in the sun. Highlights include a day trip to the Everglades, a morning of service at St. Matthew’s House, and an excursion of choice such as deep-sea fishing or golf. The seniors also enjoy time on the beach with their classmates and a variety of local restaurants.