Beyond the Classroom

At Westridge, girls engage in hands-on, interactive experiences that enhance our academic program, promote service learning, and provide opportunities to make interdisciplinary connections in new and exciting ways.

In Lower School, field trips, guest speakers, and Experiential Week enhance the program by taking students outside of the classroom for hands-on, engaging lessons to complement classroom courses.

During Discovery Week, Middle School students have opportunities in creative arts, cultural awareness, outdoor education, travel, and service, and include on-campus experiences, day trips, and overnight trips.

The Upper School Interim week is an experiential program that promotes a sense of discovery, creativity, curiosity, connection, reflection, and responsibility. The Interim program strives to deepen girls’ awareness of their own intellectual and emotional growth as they develop and pursue new interests and passions.

Young Women's Leadership Program in Dominican Republic
Westridge students joined three other girls' schools in the Dominican Republic for a week for the Young Women's Leadership program. Students traveled around the Dominican Republic participating in leadership workshops, engaging with female-led nonprofit organizations, and taking part in global exchange with Dominican peers.
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Chamber Orchestra Italian Experience
Our Chamber Orchestra spent a week touring and performing in various venues in Rome and Florence, a cultural exchange experience that culminated in a combined concert with a local high school orchestra in Rome. Between performances, students visited historical sites like the Coliseum and Vatican, as well as the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
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Borneo Jungle: Conservation, Service, & Immersion
Upper School students traveled to the tropical jungles of Borneo (southeast Asia) to spend ten days learning about wildlife conservation efforts, taking part in service learning opportunities like the construction and renovation of community longhouses, and experiencing a unique culture.
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Glee Club "Ongaku" Japan Tour
Our Glee Club spent 12 days touring Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, and Hiroshima, Japan, bringing ongaku ("music" in Japanese) wherever they went. Students visited historic temples and landmarks, and were treated to special performances from Japanese students at the schools they visited.

Cultural Connections in the Kingdom of Morocco
Students awakened their minds, senses, and hearts journeying through the vibrant markets, walled cities, and dramatic landscapes of Morocco. They gained insight into the culture through the Arabic language, historical lectures, and working side by side with Moroccan women at a weaving cooperative.
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Lower School Tackles Marine Biology
During Experiential Week, Lower School students participate in activities that engage their hearts and minds. The week includes a variety of short trips that encourage interactive, hands-on learning. Recently the 5th graders visited Ocean Quest in Newport Beach to study marine biology; previous trips have included San Diego and Dana Point.
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Middle School Explores During Discovery Week
Our 7th and 8th graders take part in Discovery Week, a week-long experiential learning program. During this week, students travel to various exciting locations and dive deeper into the arts, sciences, history, and service learning. In addition to adventuring on the Kern River, students have visited Washington D.C., Yosemite National Park, and more!
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Community Collaboration in Mexico
Baja California Sur, Mexico
From the moment they arrived, students jumped right into this Interim experience by volunteering with The Palapa Society every afternoon working with local children. They assisted in teaching English, collaborating on community art projects, and conducting environmental studies in the area.
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Voice & Vision College Tour
for Westridge juniors
On this college tour trip, 11th graders explored different types of colleges and universities to begin the reflective process of helping determine what they are looking for in their next educational journey. As an added bonus, the girls also did some East Coast sightseeing!
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L.A. Noir
Los Angeles Film & Literature
Underneath the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles lies a rich history of noir film and literature. Students learned about these literary and cinematic gems right in our own backyard through bus tours, walking tours, and film screenings. An introduction to old Hollywood, the L.A. Noir trip weaves in visual art, history, film, and classic literature.
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day school for girls, grades 4–12

324 Madeline Drive
Pasadena, California 91105
Phone: 626-799-1153
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