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7th Grade Families

Refer to the Class Trip 2021 page for trip information.

Sign-ups are April 2020 to Fall 2020.

8th Grade Families

Refer to the Class Trip 2020 page for trip information.

Sign-ups are April 2019 to Fall 2019.

Class Trip


The 2020 Class Trip has been cancelled.

We know that this is very disappointing for the 8th graders who signed up for the trip, but the safety of our students is our #1 priority. We are following the advice of city, state, and national authorities.

Each year since 2014, 8th grade students are invited to take a 7-day 6-night trip with the Palms Middle School History Department for the Founding Fathers East Coast Tour.

Students visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC during the week of Spring Recess in the Spring semester of their 8th grade year.

The tour is run by the Explorica educational travel service, with Palms teachers as the chaperones. There is at least one adult for each 9 students.

The trip is for students and teachers only -- not for parents, not even as chaperones.

Signing Up

Although the trip is in March or April of the student's 8th grade year, sign-ups begin a year earlier, in the Spring of their 7th grade year, and end in the Fall semester of their 8th grade year.

Early registration (with a discount) is available in April and May, with full-price registration in June and the Fall semester.

The trip fills to capacity, after which there is a waiting list. In a typical  year, about 50 students sign up before the start of the Fall semester. Additional students from the waiting list may be added in the Fall.

Friend of Palms provides scholarships for a few students who couldn't otherwise participate.


Eligibility is based on the rules for Eighth Grade Eligibility as of the Fall semester 20-week report card.

Explorica sells travel insurance called Travel Protection Plan Plus that covers students who are unable to take the trip because they do not meet these eligibility requirements.

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