Student Exploration Trips

At St. Bernard Academy, we believe learning takes place everywhere. 

From field trips, to day trips, to week-long educational experiences, SBA students in all levels are offered numerous opportunities to explore — both locally and internationally.

Field Trips

Throughout the year, students from Junior Kindergarten through 8th Level have numerous opportunities for local field trips. All students enjoy a morning of the arts at Nashville Children’s Theatre, Junior Kindergarten students visit a local fire station, 8th Level students visit various private high schools, and other classes visit the Tennessee State Capitol, Gentry’s Farm, and the Country Music Hall of Fame, among others, for cultural learning experiences.


Beginning in 3rd Level, students take longer field trips to encourage class camaraderie and team building. Some of these day trips have included the Chattanooga Aquarium, Mammoth Cave National Park, Nashville Zoo, Tennessee State Museum


Upper School students look forward to annual sleep-away trips including a week at Land Between the Lakes and a visit to the Huntsville Space Center with the 6th Level, where students participate in community building, nature exploration, outdoor survival, environmental awareness, astronomy, and orienteering. 8th Level students spend a week in Washington, DC, where they visit museums and monuments, experience the culture, and learn about the city's history.

Global Educational Opportunities

Every summer, rising 5th-8th Level students have the opportunity to embark on a global education journey. These trips incorporate service-learning, sight-seeing, and a little bit of adventure to destinations including Costa Rica (2015), Ecuador (2017), and Peru (2019). Activities and service-learning components have included volunteering at an exotic animal rehabilitation center, reforestation and community projects, and retracing the steps of ancient Incan civilizations.


What issues emerge between friends on a sleep-away trip that do not manifest during a school day? How can those issues be resolved? This helps them develop a stronger relationship with their peers, as well as the skills that will be necessary for sports, teams, and clubs during high school, and even living with roommates during college.

Joseph McCluney
Upper School Teacher
sleep-away trip sponsor