The Vanguard School offers a two-week trip over the summer and two one-week trips over Spring Break that allow our high school students to see and experience countries they previously had only read about in books and saw online. At The Vanguard School, we understand that a true leader must have real-world experience, not only book knowledge.
Classic education is sometimes referred to as leadership education because it provides the students with all of the skills a leader should personify. Moreover, our teachers and faculty members at The Vanguard School aim to create future leaders by taking students to visit historically rich places and experience the art, music, architecture, and unique cultures that reside there.
Today, we are going to see some of the places The Vanguard students visited in the last few years. We are also going to talk about history, see what they learned, and see what new experience classical education can provide a student.
Students Travel to Paris, France
Located in the heart of Europe, Paris is the food, fashion, and art capital of the globe. The city is home to the Louvre, which houses some of the most incredible artwork known to man. Although navigating a group of classical education students through seas of tourists can be challenging, the best time to visit Paris is during the summer.
Paris | Art & Culture
The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower might be the most well-known parts of Paris, but as our classical education pupils know, the city has so many other things to offer. Paris is also known for the Arc de Triomphe, and its amazing arches, the Picasso museum, and the infamous Paris Catacombs filled with real human skulls.
The Eiffel Tower | Architecture
As a part of their classic education, the students visited the Eiffel Tower to study its look and structure. Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece wowed the students with all of its 10,000 tons of steel. Although most students took the lift, some even climbed to the top on foot, stepping on 1,665 steps in the process.
Students Travel to Wiltshire, England
Wiltshire might not be the most prominent travel destination, but for classical education students, it is perfect. The quiet area is home to Stonehenge and Avebury, fascinating stone circles, which attract millions of tourists and spiritual travelers each year.
England | Art & Culture
The island’s history mainly influences art and culture in the United Kingdom. Classical education teaches us that the Catholic religion is a significant motive in their art. Traditional values are a big part of their culture, as well as the impact of the former British Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Stonehenge | Architecture
Our classical education students were delighted to visit the largest and most famous Neolithic monument in the world. The sacred site on the Salisbury plane is stunning during the summer months. Visiting the site gives students a more significant appreciation of Stonehenge, mainly due to the stone size.
Students Travel to Rome, Italy
Rome is known for the Pantheon, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, and several other prominent landmarks in world history. With 280 fountains and 900 churches, Rome is practically impossible to get to know without spending a year living there.
Rome | Art & Culture
Roman culture is a mix of fashion, the arts, architecture, and modern style. As our classical education students saw, life in the city revolves around centuries-old traditions, which defined Rome as an eternal city. Many European customs and culture dating back to Roman times so that the city can feel familiar and exciting at the same time.
The Coliseum | Architecture
The ancient amphitheater in the center of the city is a magnificent sight for anyone with classical education. In-person the Coliseum is a massive structure. The arches and columns look even more extensive in person. The Tuscan order columns on the first story are particularly breath-taking.
Students Travel to Athens, Greece
Finally, our most exciting trip took our students to Greece, the birthplace of classical education. Throughout the country, visitors encounter fascinating examples of antiquity. Culture and art had a considerable influence on early Roman culture. A classical education student can easily see this just from looking at the shape and arrangement of their buildings.
Greece | Art & Culture
Through their sculptures, pottery, and temples, the Greek people incorporated “arête,” a fundamental principle of their entire culture. To the people, the principle meant reaching their full potential and achieving excellence. This excellence can be seen in some of their most famous artworks including The Siren Vase, the Motya Charioteer, and the Mask Agamemnon.
Delphi on Mount Parnassus | Architecture
Delphi was one of the most important religious sanctuaries in ancient Greece. Located on the top of Mount Parnassus, the temple was once home to the famous oracle of Apollo. Just like the oracle gave guidance and inspiration to ancient Greeks, the temple inspired our students to finish their classical education and travel the world looking for more knowledge.
Traveling Overseas At The Vanguard School
Book learning is only a small part of the overall experience at The Vanguard School. The yearly trips inspire the students and allow them to see what they read about for so long. Seeing the Eiffel Tower in person gives the location meaning, and depth students would not experience otherwise.
The Vanguard School uses these trips aboard to implement not only knowledge but also the beauty and truth of the world into their students. One of our primary goals is to help students be wholly immersed in classical studies, and visiting abroad is just one way we provide our students with a well-rounded education.