Inspired experience based college preparatory education for creative and intellectually curious students
Early childhood through twelfth grade

Outdoor Education

Waverly’s outside-the-classroom experiences foster a deep understanding of the surrounding community and the natural world. From the neighborhoods of Los Angeles to the San Gabriel Mountains, and venturing beyond California into Costa Rica, we strive to provide mixed grade level learning experiences outside the walls of our classrooms through field trips and camping.

Starting right at home, our faculty works to incorporate experiences within our neighborhood, such as walking to the Norton Simon Museum or Whole Foods Market for a tour, or by visiting Pasadena City Hall or Huntington Hospital. Riding the Metro, students may visit historic neighborhoods and landmarks in Los Angeles, gaining a familiarity with the urban landscape.

Waverly uses outdoor education to challenge students physically, intellectually, and socially. Recent trips have included camping at El Capitan State Beach, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree National Park. Every other year, the junior and senior classes travel to Costa Rica for a 9-day immersion, including time spent with host families and camping in the rain forest.

Intensive service learning trips are also part of the Waverly experience. Trips have included restoring burn areas to the Angeles National Forest and cleaning up the Los Angeles River or local beaches. Students also do hands-on work off-campus at Union Station Homeless Services, Mother’s Club, and Huntington Hospital.