Extra-curricular activities are as much a part of a well-rounded education as the academic spectrum. This premise is true not only at the high school level but at the post-secondary level as well. Clubs, honor societies, field trips, and other activities provide students with peer interaction and leadership opportunities that cannot be replicated in the classroom. Students at School for Advanced Studies have a healthy array of activities available involving many different interests. Some activities – college tours, major field trips, picnics, prom, Grad Nite, dances, Senior Brunch -- include all sites of SAS. Clubs and honor societies, on the other hand, vary from campus to campus, reflecting the varied interests represented at each given site.
SAS organizes at least two college tours per year that generate a great deal of student interest. In the fall we tour the Northeast and the magnificent Ivy League schools located in this region. We visit the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Columbia University or New York University, Yale University, Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University. The purpose of this tour is to de-mystify the idea of Ivy League schools and to encourage our students to apply to these world-renowned institutions. As the admissions officer at Harvard kept repeating, "Why not apply to Harvard? Give it a shot."
In the spring we tour five of the most popular public universities in the State of Florida. We visit the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, Florida State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the University of Florida. While these schools are not the only public universities in the state, they are the state schools that our students find most desirable. It is always a good idea for prospective students to visit their schools of choice.
On a lighter note, we try to blow off a little steam each year before winter break. What better way to celebrate the successful completion of the college semester than by streaking down metal rails at breakneck speed with wind in one's hair. On the day before winter break, the entire school packs up and visits either Busch Gardens or Islands of Adventure. For those students who cling to their academics, this field trip is an excellent opportunity to study real world applications of physical laws such as gravitational, centripetal, and centrifugal forces.