Middle School

Historic Sites in Philadelphia Awe Sixth Graders

A historically packed and fun-filled two-day trip to Philadelphia provided Allen-Stevenson sixth graders a chance to experience key sites around the city and coincided with the boys’ history studies as they transitioned from the Revolutionary War to the Constitution.
Incorporating the most historic mile in the country, the visit focused on: The National Constitution Center; the brand new Museum of the American Revolution; and Independence Hall. Here the group saw where both the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence were created. With packets in hand, the boys sought out answers to important questions and sketched details for reference purposes.
In Signer’s Hall at the Constitution Center, the boys saw real-life statues of the delegates they are currently researching for their own upcoming Constitutional Convention.
Assistant Middle School Head Ben Neulander said, "The boys experienced a sense of awe that they were standing in the very space where these men once stood."
Sixth Grader Alex Fratepietro said, "I felt like seeing the life-sized figure of the person I’m studying helped me to understand him better."
A walking tour of other sites included the Liberty Bell and Franklin Court, the original site of Ben Franklin’s House. And, the trip was not without a little leisure time. A basketball game between the 76ers and the Wizards got equally rave reviews.

Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.