DMHS Trip Information and Forms

DMHS School Trips – what are trips and why are they such an important part of our program?

When Dr. Montessori originally proposed Montessori education for adolescents, she recommended that we create a boarding program for adolescents to meaningfully practice what it means to be an adult in community. At DMHS, we meet this vision as well as we can through extended day trips that occur twice per year. On our trips, we hope to create the following experiences and opportunities:

Adult like duties: Planning committees, job charts, captains for the day, distributed responsibilities.

Moral Development: Reflection and journaling

Learning to Care for the Community: Preparing and cleaning up from meals, setting up tents together, working through conflicts, having fun together.

Community Bonding: Time away from school that strengthens relationships between students and the adults. Also creating opportunities for tight knit social circles to loosen up and engage with other social circles. Fostering meaningful communication by creating technology free experiences.

Group problem solving and celebration: Morning and evening closing circle that allow the community to plan for the day in the morning and debrief about the day in the evening.

Developing resiliency and adaptability: Going beyond comfort zone into the personal challenge zone. Problem solving as inevitable logistic and other challenges (such as weather) arise.

Nature exploration: Camping and hiking



7th and 8th Grade:Monday, May 6-Thursday, May 9

9th Grade: Monday, May 13-Friday, May 17

Trip Offset: Friday, May 10-No School


7th and 8th grade trips:  $135  Pay here on MySchoolBucks here

9th-grade trip:  $270 Pay on MySchoolBucks here

Trips are an integral part of our Montessori Program and these experiences are  essential to creating a strong and vibrant DMHS community.  We  want all students to attend and need all families to contribute  as the school budget is not able to support the cost of trips.    Please contact to set up a payment plan or to apply for a scholarship if necessary.

7th and 8th Trip Brochures with itineraries:

Colorado National Monument  Brochure

Royal Gorge Brochure

Sand Dunes Brochure

9th Grade Brochures with itineraries:

New Mexico 9th Grade Trip

Packing Lists:

New Mexico Packing List 2019

Packing List

Permission Forms:

Forms must be signed and notarized. Forms from the fall trip are vailid for the trips all year.

2018-19 Farm School Trip Permission Form

Please include a copy of your insurance card or have us make of copy of it at the school.

Medical Forms:

If your student needs to bring medication on the trip, please make sure to fill out the medication form release form  (please note that this INCLUDES over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or allergy medication, epi-pens and inhalers).   This form must be signed by a physician. This form is valid for the entire 2018-19 school year.