FWCD Student Life at a Glance

All-School 4-H Program

Fort Worth Country Day’s all-school 4-H program provides opportunities for students and their families to gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy. Parent and/or faculty volunteers mentor students with project selection and development. Students from all divisions can choose their favorite projects to explore.

Projects options for 2016-17 included:
  • Livestock 
  • Dog Training 
  • Fishing 
  • Leadership and Public Speaking 
  • Riflery and Shooting Sports 
  • Horticulture 
  • Photography 
  • Carpentry 

Spotlight on 4H

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  • Got Eggs? We Do!

    The FWCD 4-H members are selling eggs from the chickens they have raised! Help support this new endeavor in FWCD's 4-H chapter. 4-H members will sell eggs every Friday from 7:15-8:15 a.m. until school ends. All proceeds benefit the FWCD 4-H program to help pay for chicken feed and supplies. 
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  • 4-H Members Place at Local Stock Shows

    FWCD’s K-12 4-H Club recently represented the School at the Cowtown Showdown and West Texas State Fair. The Rollins family dominated at the Cowtown Showdown. Anna ’26 had the Grand Champion Hereford; Luke ’23 had the Reserve Grand Champion Simmental and Jake ’25 was Top 6 in Showmanship. At the West Texas State Fair, the Grace family was on top. Jackson ’23 had the Grand Champion Female and the Junior Champion Steer (Longhorn); and Caden ’29 had the Reserve Champion Steer (Longhorn) and placed second in Showmanship.
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Falcons Afield

Falcons Afield Internships allow Upper School students the opportunity to consolidate and apply the learning from their coursework into meaningful and relevant job-shadowing experiences. These internships are a unique way to connect FWCD students with professional leaders in the greater Fort Worth community as well as gain the skills and knowledge to further their education beyond the FWCD campus.

Falcon Houses

Falcon Houses serve as a forum for creating student connections and cross-divisional engagement, while providing opportunities for School members to celebrate milestones throughout the year. In an effort to reinforce FWCD’s strong sense of community, Falcon Houses divide students, faculty and staff into 16 houses with each house broken down further into “trios” and “quads” so that Middle and Upper School students serve as mentors and leaders while forming connections with Lower School students. Houses are named after the School’s Founders: Perry R. Bass; George Ann Carter-Bahan H’13; Sam B. Cantey III; Betty Claire Dupree-McKnight H’13; Rufus Garrett, Jr.; James S. Garvey; Robert K. Hanger; Elton M. Hyder, Jr.; Priscilla Holland Johnston H’13; O.P. “Paul” Leonard H’13; William W. McKinney; James R. Meeker; William W. Meeker; Thomas M. Ryan; Edmund W. Schenecker; and Patricia Schutts H’13.

Falcon Houses provides students, faculty and staff with a sense of place and belonging above and beyond what they feel in their classrooms.


Consistent with the School’s defining statements and core values, Fort Worth Country Day’s Statement of Inclusivity is a commitment to proactively promote diversity/inclusivity in our community. The Statement promotes, supports and compels action to be a welcoming and accessible community to Fort Worth’s most capable and motivated students.
Diversity/inclusivity activities include:
  • SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), a peer-led professional development program
  • Common Ground, a program designed for students in grades 1-5 that focuses on appreciating differences and celebrating similarities
  • DAP (Diversity Action Program), formerly known as the Upper School Diversity Club
  • Student and faculty annually attending the People of Color and Student Leadership conferences
  • Guest Speakers and special events
At Fort Worth Country Day,
We believe that understanding and respecting differences
not only inspires compassion and empathy,
but also fosters intellectual curiosity and creativity.

We embrace the diverse cultures, experiences and perspectives
that comprise and enhance our learning environment.

We commit to sustaining and growing
an intentionally inclusive community.

Spotlight on Inclusivity

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Service Learning

Fort Worth Country Day believes that service to our School, to the greater community and humankind is a necessary component for the education of the whole student. Only through service can one fully appreciate the many gifts that an FWCD education provides. The goal of our program is to educate students about the need for community service by encouraging them to participate in programs that add to the quality of life for the citizens of FWCD and Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Country Day recognizes that both the community and our students are enriched by active involvement in service. As a school, we believe we are responsible for providing opportunities, role models and support to our students to promote their active involvement in service. We also embrace our place in the greater Fort Worth community and acknowledge that our responsibility to contribute through thought and deed to the city that has been since our founding. It is therefore the policy of FWCD to encourage and support its students in service endeavors. All FWCD students learn to lead by serving and participate in numerous age-appropriate community service projects. 

Spotlight on Service Learning

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  • FWCD Salutes Veterans

    The Fort Worth Country Day community paid tribute to and honored the nation’s heroes on Friday, November 10, and Monday, November 13. The tradition of Veterans Day began with Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 to be Armistice Day in 1919 to recognize veterans of World War I. On May 13, 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday. In the aftermath of World War II, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made the first Veterans Day Proclamation later that year on October 8.
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Travel and Exchange Opportunities

In support of the School’s mission to develop thinking, well-rounded and responsible citizens¸ FWCD faculty provide additional summer travel opportunities, in the U.S. and abroad, that support classroom learning while fostering student growth and development. Experiencing new cultures, first-hand encounters with historical monuments and exciting adventures help to ignite FWCD students’ passion for learning and inspires an appreciation for the global community in which they live. In addition to summer travel opportunities, curriculum-based learning takes places during the school year as well with grade-level trips to Sky Ranch, Austin, Big Bend, Vicksburg and Washington, D.C.  

Locally, Fort Worth Country Day partners with multiple organizations to promote global fluency and provide students with options to learn more about other cultures, as well as experience their own culture through others’ eyes. During the 2016-17 school year, FWCD hosted a delegation of 36 Japanese faculty and students as part of the Fort Worth Sister Cities Ambassador Middle School program and was the only metroplex school to host French students through a Language & Friendship exchange program

Spotlight on Global Perspectives

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  • Fourth Graders Celebrate Flavors of the World

    Fourth-graders celebrated the first ever Flavors of the World Festival on Monday, April 23. Put together by Lower School Spanish Teachers Gaby Booth and Natasha Hatcher, Flavors of the World was a celebration of the amazing food that our diverse and beautiful planet has to offer. “It also provides a fantastic opportunity to bridge community and cultural diversity,” Booth said. View the Flavors of the World Slide Show

    Parents and teachers were asked to volunteer to showcase a dish – an appetizer, an entrée or a dessert – from their family’s country of origin or another country they may have a connection with. View the slide show here. The students were then given the opportunity to taste these dishes from around the world. After the tastings, the students spent time filling out a form where they could check off what they tried and then provide their thoughts about the food they sampled.
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Summer Travel Opportunities

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  • All Things Roman – FWCD Latin Trip to Italy May 27 - June 6, 2018

    Explore the rich culture of ancient Rome as it resonates through modern Italy. Come prepared to eat great food and lots of gelato, and become an expert in all things Roman!
    Please note that plans are tentative. Sites are often closed for repairs and/or only open on certain days. For additional information or questions, please contact Clint Hagen.
    DAY ONE:
    Flight from DFW to Naples, Italy
    DAY TWO:
    Arrive Naples, bus to Sorrento
    Sorrento, famous for its lemons, will be our base for the next few days while we explore the Roman archeological sites in the Bay of Naples.
    Pompeii – Herculaneum – Vesuvius
    Visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. We will also climb Mt. Vesuvius itself and see the still-smoking crater.
    Visit the Villa Jovis, Tiberius' palace on Capri, ride the funicular to the top of Anacapri and take in the beautiful view, enter the mysterious Blue Grotto, and explore the rest of this beautiful island.
    AM: National Archeological Museum
    Houses most of the artifacts recovered from Pompeii and Herculaneum
    PM: to Rome
    With a stop at Hadrian's Villa and imperial palace at Tivoli on the way.
    DAY SIX:
    AM: Forum and Colosseum
    Explore the Roman Forum and visit the Colosseum
    PM: Piazza Navona, Column of Marcus Aurelius, Pantheon
    Street vendors at the Piazza Navona, Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers, Marcus Aurelius' victory column, Hadrian's Pantheon, and Rome's best gelato down the street!
    Vatican Museums and St. Peter's
    Visit the Vatican, the center of Roman Catholicism and the only country where Latin is the official language. See St. Peter's Cathedral, Michelangelo's Pieta, and the Vatican museums, which house some of the great works of Roman art. Maybe even use an ATM in Latin!
    AM: Eur and Museo della Civilta
    EUR is Mussolini's city-within-a-city, a monument of fascist architecture. Visit his Museum of Roman Civilization and see Roman through Mussolini's eyes.
    PM: Ostia Antica + beach time
    Check out the ruins of Ostia, Rome's port city, and chill at the beach.
    AM: Capitoline Museum
    Overlooking the Roman Forum, this museum contains some of Rome's greatest artistic treasures
    PM: Montemartini Museum, Pyramid of Cestius, Aurelian Wall
    The Montemartini contains parts of the Capitoline collection that do not fit in the primary museum. Visit the Pyramid of Cestius, an Egyptian-style pyramid tomb, which you can now go inside. Check out the ruins of the old Aurelian city wall.
    DAY TEN:
    AM: Circus Maximus, Baths of Caracalla
    It's a morning to explore Roman entertainments. Imagine yourself as a chariot racer, and wonder what it would be like to be in a public bath.
    PM: Domus Aurea / San Clemente / Arch of Constantine / San Pietro in Vincoli
    Nero's Golden Palace has been newly excavated and restored. Go deep into San Clemente, one of Rome's oldest churches, and hear the underground river the Romans built to drain the forum. See Michelangelo's Moses at San Pietro in Vincoli.
    Rome to DFW
  • From Caesar to Mussolini: 2000 years of Italian Identity and Propaganda - May 30 - June 12, 2018

    “From Caesar to Mussolini: 2000 years of Italian Identity and Propaganda” is a one-semester credit summer class and two week trip to Italy. The trip includes time in Florence, Naples, Capri, Rome, and Tuscany. In Tuscany, students will be trained in research techniques and participate in an archaeological excavation.

    For more details, please review the information letter and itinerary.

  • Spanish Vistas - June 5 - 14, 2018

    Enrollment will be on a “first come – first served” basis. The Trip is open to current FWCD students in grades 6-8 and intended as reinforcement of the learning students acquire in their future history and foreign language classes. Please note this is NOT an FWCD-sponsored event.

    Trip leaders are Michael Parker (Math and Science - 6), Christine Spikes (Science 7-8), Jackie Rains (English -7), and Chuck Maddux (History 6). 

    Register go online at: 
    Click on “Register” at the top of the web page.
    Scroll down and select the  “Participant Registration Form” link. 
    Information: Group Leader = MADDUX,
    Group# = 65956,
    Travel dates = 6/5/2018 - 6/14/2018
    Program name = “Spanish Vistas”.

    Please contact Chuck Maddux with any questions or concerns.

    Review Trip Agenda 
  • Grand Circle Tour (Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks) June 23 - 27, 2018

    For addition information or questions, please contact trip chaperones, Brad Jones or Jimmy Brockway.

    Visit the Fort Worth Country Day School trip webpage at www.grandclassroom.com, click “Find My Trip / Register” and search “Fort Worth Country Day School”.

    ● Arrive in Las Vegas
    ● Lunch en route
    ● Visit scenic Red Rock Conservation Area
    ● Tour Valley of Fire State Park, named for the red sandstone formations
    ● Dinner
    ● Check into hotel in Kanab, UT

    ● Hotel breakfast
    ● Spend the day in breathtaking Zion National Park
    ● Lunch
    ● Hike Zion's most popular trail - The Narrows (weather permitting)
    ● Visit the unique rock formation Checkerboard Mesa
    ● Dinner
    ● Return to hotel

    ● Hotel breakfast
    ● Travel with the group to view Horseshoe Bend
    ● Embark on still water float trip on Colorado River
    ● Lunch on the river
    ● Visit Sunset Crater Volcano and the Native American Ruins at Wupatki National Monument
    ● Climbing at indoor gym with group
    ● Dinner
    ● Check into hotel in Flagstaff, AZ

    ● Hotel breakfast
    ● Depart for Grand Canyon East Entrance
    ● Visit Canyon View Information Plaza
    ● Lunch
    ● Hike the South Kaibab Trail
    ● Motor to Desert View Watch Tower
    ● Other stops as time allows
    ● Dinner
    ● Return to hotel

    ● Hotel breakfast
    ● Visit the natural waterslides at Slide Rock State Park
    ● Lunch
    ● Depart for Las Vegas
    ● Eat dinner at the iconic Planet Hollywood
    ● Walk The Strip of Las Vegas Blvd to the Bellagio for the Fountains of Bellagio Show
    ● Depart for airport
  • Spanish Language Studies in Costa Rica - July 1-21, 2018

    Enhance your Spanish language skills in Costa Rica! Explore the verdant rainforests and tropical coastlines of this Central American country while immersing yourself in the Spanish language and culture. 

    Review the information page to learn more about the Costa Rica excursion.
  • Florida Everglades and Keys – MS (Summer 2017)

    Highlights include snorkeling the coral reef off Marathon Key, airboat ride in the Everglades, and shark tagging with University of Miami Shark Research Team.
  • French Language Immersion in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada - US (Summer 2017)

    Three-week French immersion program in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy summer festivals, tour historic sites all while improving their French language skills at l’université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. The trip plus additional coursework before departure totals approximately 100 hours of class time and qualifies for an FWCD credit in Topics in Modern and Classical Languages. Students are expected to speak French at all times and in all locations.
  • Hawaii Marine Science Summer Study Program - US (Summer 2017)

    The two-week course consists of a daily three- to four-hour class instruction block in some phase of marine science. This is followed by a three- to four-hour time period at the beach, where lab work is completed. Corals, fish families, mollusks, arthropods, echinoderms, dangerous marine animals, waves and currents, plankton and food webs are only a few of the topics that will be covered. Volcano geology and Hawaiiana are also included in the trip. Hawaiian culture study helps students develop an appreciation of the land and people of Hawaii. They will travel to local sites not visited by tourists and experience culture firsthand.

    Students are expected to participate in activities with the same attentiveness given to courses taken at FWCD. A final exam will be given at the end of the course.
  • New Zealand and Sydney, Australia – MS (Summer 2017)

    Trip highlights include Glowworm Caves, Safari of the Ring - tour of The Lord of the Rings film location, Tamaki Maori Village, Mount Cook, Sydney Harbour cruise, Milford Sound Underwater Observatory, Fiordland National Park and the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park.
  • Thistle and the Shamrock: Ireland and Scotland Trip - MS (2016)

    Students experienced the folklore, traditional foods, singing, dancing, and stories at the heart of the Irish and Scottish cultures and history.

    Trip highlights included a visit to William Wordsworth's home and review of his poetry, Rydal Mount England , Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Gap of Dunloe, the Blarney House, Rock of Cashel, the 5,000 year-old Knowth Megalithic Passage Tombs*, Dublin, Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch in Wales, Liverpool*, Lake District, Edinburgh*, Firth of Forth Bridge *, Pitlochry, Loch Ness, Cullodon Battlefield - site of the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 led by Bonnie Prince Charles Edward Stuart, Fort William and the Harry Potter steam train - The Jacobite, Hadrian’s Wall*, Glencoe - site of the Clan MacDonald massacre by William III forces and the Clan Campbell in 1692, Sterling Castle, and Glasgow.
  • Athens and the Aegean: Greece, Greek Isles, and Turkey Trip - MS (2015)

    The trip was designed to reinforce previous learning and encourage further study of the Greeks and their culture. Greek heritage came alive with authentic cultural lessons, dance performances and instruction, traditional cuisine and plate breaking. Home-based upon a small cruise ship, trip highlights included guided tours of the white island Mykonos, the ruins of ancient Ephesus, Turkey*, historic center “Chora” and monastery of St. John at Patmos*, the medieval city of Rhodes*, Palace of Knossos on Crete*, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and riding mules from sea-level to the heights of Santorini, Athens’ Acropolis and Parthenon*, Acropolis Museum, and finishing with the tour of the ancient Temple of Delphi**.
  • The Inca Trail: Peru Trip - MS (2014)

    The Inca Trail excursion was intended to reinforce previous learning and encourage further study of the Pre-Columbian Incas, their culture, and ultimate effect upon modern Peru. From the capital city of Lima* to stunning ancient sites, students explored the richness of Incan and Peruvian culture. Highlights included: Sacsayhuamán*, Tambomachay, Quenqo, Puca Pucara, Pisac and its Indian Market, Maras Salt Mines, Moray terraces, Ollantaytambo ruins*, train ride to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu*, Qorikancha, Juliaca, Raqchi, Andahuaylillas, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island, Uros Islands and a cultural exchange with Uros Indians and their floating villages, and the ancient Chullpa Tombs of Sillustani completed this trip.
  • Ecuador-Galapagos Interdisciplinary Trip - US (2012, 2014)

    Interdisciplinary trip between the Science and Modern and Classical Languages departments to the Ecuadorian provinces of Imbabura, Pinchincha, Cotopaxi, and Tungurahua. The primary focus was to cultivate positive relationships with the humanitarian relief organization FEDICE in Quito, provide service to the San Francisco children’s center near Latacunga as well as FEDICE chicken, guinea pig, and pig projects in Latacunga, Santa Rosa, and Romerillos.  The final week Students concluded their trip with a week of scientific study in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Normandy-Paris Interdisciplinary Trip - US (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)

    Trip highlights included museum and cathedral tours, historic WWII battle sites and cemeteries along with visits to Mont St. Michel, Bayeux Cathedral and Tapestry, museums in Caen, Grandcamp Maisy, Ste. Mere Eglise, Carentan, Ste Marie du Mont and a visit to Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny.
  • Glory of the Habsburgs: Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Rep. - MS (2013)

    Students had the opportunity to see first-hand the old Communist-bloc countries that are now experiencing economic, political, and social freedoms for the first time in decades. The tour started in the capital of Bavaria - Munich and its famous Olympic Park and Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, Nymphenburg Palace, Dachau Concentration Camp, Salzburg, Austria*, Mirabell Gardens, Mozart’s house and the “Sound of Music” churchyard. Activities included suiting up as a miner during the visit to the Hallein Salt Mines, a night at the opera, St. Gilgen to learn how to make Mozartkugel chocolate candies, Vienna*, Schönbrunn Palace*, Budapest, Hungary*, strudel making at the First Strudel House of Pest, old Buda Castle*, Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, glass decorating at a Czech glass gallery and workshop, Prague, Czech Rep., Prague Ghetto, Hradcany Castle, Charles Bridge, Danube River, Bratislava, Slovakia, Dresden, and amazing Berlin and its Museumsinsel - five museums on an island*.
  • Scandinavian Adventure: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden - MS (2012)

    “Why are you traveling here? No one comes to Denmark!” Students first heard this from a Danish lady in Copenhagen, the Paris of the North. A hotspot for tourism, design, fashion, and food, the Scandinavian Adventure trip was planned as
    journey of discovery. Trip highlights included a bicycle tour of the capital and major seaport of Copenhagen, Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Palace, old sailor’s quarter of Nyhavn*,cooking lesson on how to make and eat traditional Danish open face sandwiches, canal tour and famous Tivoli Gardens. Students visited Helsingør, fabled setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Kronborg Castle*, Frederiksborg Castle home of the National Museum. Travelled from Copenhagen by overnight ferry to Oslo, Norway. Toured the Oslo Opera House, and the Bygdøy Peninsula home of the Viking Ship Museum. Ventured to the Holmenkollen National Arena and ski jump, home of the 2011 World Championships, traveled by bus through Norway into Sweden’s Varmland region, Karlstad, Mariefred and the magnificent Gripsholm Castle, and enjoyed smörgåsbord meals. Stockholm, built on 14 islands and known as the “Venice of Scandinavia” featured City Hall, Old Town, Vasa Warship Museum, Skansen Historical Village, morning kayaking along the cliffs of Kungsholmen, and the Gamla Stan.
  • Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands - MS (2012)

    Activities included guided sightseeing of the city of Quito, Ecuador*, visits to the Palacio Legislativo, the Plaza de la Independencia, the Cathedral and the Mitad del Mundo to view the world from the equator, the ancient village of Otavalo and its fabulous crafts market, a still working Hacienda Pinsaqui and Cotopaxi National Park. Students flew to the island of San Cristobal for a 3-day cruise of the Galápagos Islands*, including San Cristobal’s Cerro Brujo. Galápagos highlights included observing sea lion colonies at Suarez Point on Española Island and Gardner Bay, a visit to Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island, the Galápagos Tortoise breeding project, and exploring the flora, fauna and lava types on Puento Ayora, and Rábide.
  • People's Republic of China - MS (2010)

    Travel highlights:
      • Temple of Heaven*, Forbidden City*, and a Peking Duck dinner
      • Excursion to the Great Wall*, Summer Olympic 2008 site, Old Beijing, and Hutong area where students learned to make Chinese dumplings
      • Xi’an, site of the life-sized Terra Cotta Warriors & Figures*, the Wild Goose Pagoda, traditional shadow show in the Muslim Quarter, the City Wall and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum featuring Han and Tang Dynasties art treasures and carvings
      • White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple built by the Chinese government and established in 68 A.D.
      • Longmen Grottos and stone sculptures along the Yi River
      • Kung Fu performance at the Shaolin Temple
      • Shanghai tour of the city, Old Town, Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan, and the Shanghai’s City Planning Exhibition Center, the Bund, Nanjing Road and local opera school.
  • British and Irish Heritage: England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland - MS (2009)

    The tour started at Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed, with a city tour of London, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Tower of London, and a Thames River cruise followed by an evening at the Theatre. Students met with a Member of Parliament then headed off to Warwick Castle for simulated battle training and trebuchet demonstrations. Next stop, a 3-day homestay with families in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Off to Gretna Green, Scotland, for blacksmithing demos and history, St. Andrews to see the Old Course and received putting and driving range group lessons, St. Andrews University, West Sands beach area for “Chariot of Fire” movie scenes. In Pitlochry, students learned to “ceilidh” dance and wear the traditional wrapping kilt (the style in the movie Braveheart) and use ancient weapons. Kayaked on Loch Morlich and hunted for mysterious “Nessie” on Loch Ness on a radar-equipped research boat. Visited New Lanark* for traditional sheepdog distance handling, participated in traditional sheep shearing and bottle-feeding of orphaned lambs. Edinburgh Castle *, the Royal Mile, and Holyrood Abbey. Rappelled off of Penrhyn Castle in Wales before heading to Ireland. Next stop, Causey Farm to learn about Gaelic Football and Irish Hurling, livestock handling, more sheepdogs, and music and cooking classes, which concluded with peat bog jumping. The trip ended in beautiful Killarney with a timeless Gap of Dunloe boat crossing and a horse-drawn jaunting cart experience.
  • Discovery of the Land of the Rising Sun: Japan - MS (2008)

    The tour began in Tokyo with the Imperial Palace Plaza, Nijubashi Bridge, 45th-floor observation deck at Shinjuku, the Shinto Meiji Shrine, Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando, Japanese anime classes, Asakusa Kannon Temple and concluded with shopping in the old Nakamise shopping arcade. Next up Mt. Fuji for a stop at the 5th Station and hiking. Students took the aerial cable car up Mt. Komagatake in Hakone National Park and enjoyed the hot springs baths at Onsen. Additional highlights included: Gifu “Japanese Alps” Minshuku, old city of Takayama, Takayama Jinya, Hachiman Festival Floats, Shirakawago village*, riding the bullet train to Hiroshima, Ground Zero, Peace Memorial Museum, and Sadako’s monument, Miyajima Island Itsukushima Shrine - Hiroshima* and Grand Torii Gate in background. The trip concluded with a visit to Kyoto and the Himeji Castle*, “Gold Pavilion” known as Kinkakuji Temple with a bronze roof*, Nijo Castle* with its famous Uguisu-Bari “Nightingale Floor” and Tea Ceremony, the Gion district, and Sanjusangendo Temple.
  • Australia, The Outback, and New Zealand - MS (2007, 2005, 2002)

    Highlights: Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Harbour Cruise, Sydney Rocks District, Sydney Opera House*, visits with Aborigine school in Sydney, Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant, Cairns, Brisbane, Townesville, Charter Towers, Wimbiana Cattle Station, Riversleigh Fossil Site*, Cloncurry,  Mount Isa, Australia, Boulia, Longreach,  Frazier Island*, Great Barrier Reef*, Rainforestation Nature Park with Guide and Amphibious Vehicle Tour, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show, Kuranda Skyrail Cableway, Gondwana Rainforest*, Glowworm Caves, Auckland, Rotorua, Hamilton, Maori school visit, Taupu, Wellington, Lord of the Rings movie sites, Rainbow Springs, Tamaki Maori Village, Arrowtown, Calga Springs Sanctuary, Te Wahipounamu*, Fiordland National Park, Underwater Observatory, Safari of the Rings, Mount Cook, and Lakes District Museum.
*UNESCO World Heritage Site
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization sites are deemed to have "outstanding universal value to humanity"
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.