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Middle School Class Trips

Eagerly anticipated, the Middle School class trips have traditionally been a highlight of the school year. Each grade level trip is carefully and purposely designed to provide our students with a safe, rewarding, and positive experience that builds on the curriculum and expands students’ horizons. In addition to making connections between their classroom learning and the world around them, these trips also allow students the opportunity to bond as a class, gain independence, and create lifelong memories. All of the overnight grade level trips include a service as action component.


6th Grade - Florida Space Coast
6th Grade - Florida Space Coast

All systems are go as the 6th grade students head for a 2-day overnight trip to the east coast of Florida. Their mission? Witness America’s space exploration first hand, volunteer in the community, and have some fun along the way!

6th Grade - Nature's Classroom
6th Grade - Nature's Classroom

In grade 6, students also spend three-days at Nature’s Classroom, a 365-acre environmental studies program and learning laboratory set in the real Florida environment. Through this 3-day immersion into the habitats, flora, fauna, human use and impact field study of the Hillsborough River Watershed, students will gain a life-long appreciation of their responsibilities in regards to the wellbeing of the ecosystem. (This is not an overnight trip.)

7th Grade - Crystal River
7th Grade - Crystal River

As part of their science unit on Marine Biology, 7th grade ventures north to Crystal River for three days and two nights. The students study various organisms while participating in a night hike, spelunking in caves, learning how to seine a beach, and kayaking and snorkeling in Crystal River.

8th Grade - Washington, D.C.
8th Grade - Washington, D.C.

The 8th grade year culminates in an exciting 4-day, 3-night trip to Washington DC where the students get to experience our country's history, foundations and principles, and freedoms first hand. 

8th Grade Quebec City and Montreal
8th Grade - Québec City and Montréal

The French department offers a biennial trip to Quebec City and Montreal in January. While this is a French enrichment opportunity, this trip is not limited to students studying French; all students in Grades 8, 9 or 10 are invited to join the trip if they would like to experience French Canadian culture and snow!  

Middle School FLEX Program

Middle school is a wonderful time for exploration and discovery, and students are encouraged to try something new.  From Model UN, Math Counts, and Art Club, the Middle School FLEX (Flexible Learning EXperiences) Program offers something for everyone.  FLEX activities meet before school, during lunch, and after school. Below you will find a chart of morning and afternoon academic help and enrichment sessions, along with a host of clubs and organizations to pique your child's interest. Participation in clubs and activities can enhance the students’ quality of life. Being active in a club is an excellent way for students to become more involved in their CDS community, develop leadership skills, enrich their academic experience, and participate in service opportunities. These opportunities are all free of charge unless they win a competition that requires further registration fees and travel.

Unless noted otherwise, all before school programs meet from 7:40 am - 8:10 am. All after school sessions are from 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Children who are not picked up promptly by 3:30 after an activity, will be directed to the middle school study hall located in the lounge until their ride home arrives. 

Each quarter options may change slightly due to various schedule and duty changes, along with interest levels.  Any changes will be announced on Schoology and in Thursday Folder.

In addition to the programs listed on the FLEX Menu, students will be able to sign up to be involved in Student Council committees. Qualified 8th graders can apply for membership in the Patriot Society and a number of honor societies.