Road Scholars

What Is The Road Scholars Program?

Although books and classrooms offer wonderfully comprehensive educational learning experiences, citizens of the 21st century will be expected to learn and re-learn from their working and living environment. The skills for critical observation and comprehension from a person’s surroundings are essential lifelong learning objectives. Field trips are direct approaches to enhancing academic background that increase the variety and depth of out-of-class experiences. A field trip can best be described as a living laboratory in which learning is acquired through active, hands-on experience with the rich resources of the local community. Field trips extend the resources available to students in the classroom. They expand learning by giving the student access to the real thing. They illustrate and permit experience with what has been read about or viewed on television or computer software. Field trips are linked to the classroom because they are contextualized within the classroom curriculum.

Field trips can contribute to many different disciplines of the school curriculum and demonstrate, for example, that mathematics is not separate from art, from science, from history, etc. The world is not segregated into neat little boxes with labels such as social studies and science. A field trip is an opportunity for learning in an interdisciplinary setting, to bring it all together and to start the process of thinking. Field trips provide a setting for the practice of observational skills, to awaken curiosity and inquiry. They stimulate and focus class work by helping students synthesize information.

According to its vision statement, St. Patrick Academy is a gateway into 21st century learning, providing students with the tools to succeed as faith-filled, community-focused and self-motivated learners prepared to meet the needs of a diverse and changing world. Field trips are a powerful vehicle for building 21st century skills and connecting students to the world as an essential dimension of their academic classroom. In order for students to become agents of transformation and change in our world, they will require knowledge beyond the confines of the Academy.

Where Do Road Scholars Go?

The 2016-17 Road Scholars Program will include the following field trips:


  • Mondavi Center for the Arts: Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
  • Sacramento Children’s Museum
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Fog Willow Science Farm

First Grade

  • Mondavi Center for the Arts: Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
  • Roseville Utility Exploration Center
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Fog Willow Science Farm

Second Grade

  • Placer Nature Center (Life Cycles)
  • Mondavi Center for the Arts: Cashore Marionettes
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Placer Nature Center (Aquatic Life Cycles)

Third Grade

  • California Museum
  • Mondavi Center for the Arts: Cashore Marionettes
  • World of Wonders Science Museum
  • Crocker Art Museum

Fourth Grade

  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Exploratorium (SF)
  • B Street Theatre: Going West: The Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
  • Rhoads School

Fifth Grade

  • Voyages of Discovery
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)
  • Sacramento Theatre Company: Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

Sixth Grade

  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Powerhouse Science Center
  • Chabot Space & Science Center (Oakland)
  • Sacramento Theatre Company: The Donner Party Musical

Seventh Grade

  • B Street Theater: Robin Hood
  • NatureBridge (Marin Headlands)
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Traylor Ranch Nature Preserve

Eighth Grade

  • Mondavi Center for the Arts: Diavolo
  • Sacramento Theatre Company: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Chabot Space & Science Museum (Oakland): Voyage to Mars Mission