Wintersession is designed to be a week-long, off-campus, experiential learning opportunity, where Mariners go out into Los Angeles and beyond and immerse themselves in STEM, humanities, and visual and performing arts activities, as well as community service opportunities. The week provides our students the chance to go out and apply what they have learned in the classroom.
In addition to daily field trips, this February, Mariners had the opportunity to visit colleges all along the West Coast, take a trip to Catalina Island with the Catalina Island Marine Institute, and spend the week designing, building and launching model rockets in the Mojave Desert. Students visited the University of San Francisco, University of California Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to name a few. During the Catalina Island trip, students had the chance to learn all about the marine life surrounding the island and go snorkeling.
The STEM academy planned trips where students got to see firsthand how these academic disciplines turn into careers. Students went to the Aquarium of the Pacific, California Science Center, and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Mariners also participated in field trips centered around the humanities. Students had the chance to go to Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, DTLA tour, Our Lady of Angels tour, and the Getty Villa for a taste of the culture of the foreign languages they study and a history of colonization in America.
The visual and performing arts academies brought Mariners to Universal Studios for a VIP Tour Experience, Warner Brothers Studios, The Academy of Motion Pictures, The Broad, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and Van Gogh Immersive Experience.
The week culminated with a short walk down to Santa Monica beach for a schoolwide beach cleanup followed by a barbeque bash back on campus. Put on by the Environmental Club, students teamed up with Heal the Bay for an epic morning beautifying our local beach. Mariners got to enjoy games like ping-pong and bean bag toss at the delicious barbeque put on by our Freshman parents. Thank you parents!
We are extremely proud of all the hard work our Mariners put in throughout the whole week, especially Friday’s beach cleanup. Go Mariners!