For over thirty years, our eighth graders have had the unique experience to learn about the political and cultural reality of the nation’s capital which include visits to Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the National Mall, and just about every single place of interest in that beautifully designed city.The main objective that effectively drives this academic workshop is that it “provides a valuable experiential learning opportunities by creating unique study tours and seminars that challenge, empower and prepare young global citizens to be informed and dynamic future leaders.” It is most definitely, a much larger classroom that opens and expands their cultural horizons and nurtures their innate curiosity.The Washington Workshops experience will continue to be part of the excellent learning opportunities that characterize and are provided by our Academy for many years to come.
Over the past sixteen years, APS has taken a group of 6th grade students to Orlando for a week.This trip begins on President’s Day weekend and ends the following Saturday.The week is full of educational seminars with experiments, discussion sessions and work groups.Students enjoy two “sleepovers.” The first one is at NASA, where after a full day of conferences, space shuttle landing simulators and creating their own rocket, among other activities, it ends with a sleepover under Saturn V or under Space Shuttle Atlantis. The NASA experience concludes with a talk and movie about the lunar landing and a bus tour of the facility.
The second “sleep-over” is at Sea World. There they spend an entire day enjoying the park and its attractions. Once the park closes, the seminar begins. Divided into groups – Penguins, Belugasand Sharks -they walk through the park and participate in interactive chats about the animals that are native to the area and the environment that surrounds them. They do crafts and prepare games around Eskimo animals. At bedtime, the group is divided into three to sleep in areas designated for that particular animal. Students who, for whatever reason, cannot attend this trip, also enjoy a week filled with activities at home. They go to La Marquesa Forest Park in Guaynabo, attend the Bomba and Plena School in Loiza, and visit different museums. In the end, everyone is a winner; it is an unforgettable experience for all.
Trips to Peru, Honduras, and Guatemala are among the countries visited.Students are offered the opportunity to do volunteer work and show their missionary soul. They will serve and help needy communities and improve the quality of life.It is an opportunity to explore new cultures, meet new people with different realities of life, and evaluate their own life. At the same time, they will experience life from another perspective. They will rediscover themselves and learn to see themselves more clearly. After this experience they will reevaluate those values that will be adopted and incorporated into their life. Through community service students experience the feeling of giving themselves to others unselfishly. Students experience a great satisfaction by giving their time, enthusiasm, initiative, patience, solidarity, love and care to others.They will be the voice that will speak for those in need, speak louder, with conviction and action about what is needed for a worthy world for all.It is an everlasting life experience!