Every year, the Lycée organizes group learning experiences for the students away from the Chicago campus.
Camp Ronora (grade 2)
At the end of May, 2nd graders spend three days and two nights in a Michigan nature camp two hours away from Chicago. The experience helps them become more independent and responsible. The children attend workshops where they learn how to cook, build musical instruments, and discover nature. They also participate in a treasure hunt, a sports tournament, and social activities.
La Turbie (south of France) (grade 5)
In the spring, our 5th grade students travel to the south of France, to La Turbie, to meet their French peers. There, they have the opportunity to make new friends, learn how to live together and discover a beautiful natural area (Provence, Monaco…).
Camp Taft-Lorado (grades 6 and 7)
Every other year at the end of March, the 6th and 7th graders spend three days at Northwestern Illinois University’s Taft-Lorado campus. The students build strong relationships with their peers and teachers by participating in various outdoors activities. Hands-on activities show them how Native Americans and pioneers lived. The students also collect water samples from the river to discover the different life forms. At night, they observe the stars and learn about astronomy.
Washington, D.C. (grade 8)
The 8th graders spend three days in the U.S. capital at the end of March. Guided by their teachers, they study important documents, institutions, and figures of the American Revolution. They visit museums and monuments, including the Holocaust Museum, the Vietnam War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, the Air and Space Museum, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the White House, upon specific authorization.
Camping Weekend (grades 10, 11, 12)
In September, the high school students spend Friday through Sunday night at one of the region's YMCA Camps, where they attend workshops and participate in a variety of sports and other activities, including canoeing, archery, soccer, volleyball, group cooperation and leadership training, and high school policy development. The goal of this weekend is to strengthen the sense of community among students and accompanying teachers, to teach students about citizenship in the Lycée community, and to have fun in an outdoor environment.