The school year at AGS begins with each class taking time for two days of grade-level activities and trips.
This year, our new class of 34 sixth graders participated in teamwork activities here on the AGS campus. These activities were specifically designed to not only encourage class bonding and building new friendships, but also to introduce the girls to our campus. Year after year, these two days help build a strong foundation of friendship and community for the years to come at AGS.
The seventh graders enjoyed their grade-level trip to Camp Twin Lakes where they were led through a series of outdoor challenges designed to allow the girls to depend on one another and themselves… and have some fun! They also learned about the sustainability and daily activities of the Twin Lakes farm and garden. The seventh grade continued their introductory EDLS work on Friday by visiting an urban garden in the Atlanta area.
The eighth grade enjoyed a memorable class trip to the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. This overnight retreat allowed time together as a class for bonding, but also in smaller groups for more in-depth EDLS work–thinking through and understanding duties as stewards to a world beyond the classroom walls. The canoeing adventure and s’mores at the campfire were also a big hit!
The ninth grade experienced two days of fun and fresh air. On Thursday, they engaged in dynamic sessions on self-discovery and tools for academic and personal success through the creation of Identity Boxes, as well as a picnic lunch at the Chattahoochee River. Friday culminated in high ropes courses and team-building activities at Camp Twin Lakes.
The tenth grade girls wasted no time jumping into the heart of their EDLS curriculum: Philanthropy, Advocacy, and Activism. Students visited the Center for Civil and Human Rights, along with many local non-profits and foundations in preparation for their upcoming semester work in philanthropy.
As the eleventh graders shift their focus more intently on college searches, they spent time visiting the University of Georgia to learn how to maximize a college visit. On Friday, their focus was on Atlanta and Georgia history, which included a walking tour of Oakland Cemetery, where they participated in a scavenger hunt.
Last, but not least, the seniors embarked on the annual Senior Retreat at The Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, GA. Bonding time and fun were at the top of the list, but time was allowed for self-reflection about who they are as young, strong, independent women as they prepare to leave for the college world.