RSS students are exposed to a wealth of rich opportunities that take place beyond the structure of the traditional classroom. RSS students regularly use New York City as their classroom. In Pre-K through 2nd grade, curricular field trips help students learn about the RSS/CRS school and shul community, the community surrounding the 84th Street campus, the landscape of the Upper West Side, and the individual character of New York City’s five boroughs.
In 3rd and later grades, students go on supervised trips that bring them further and further afield. In 3rd Grade, visits to Inwood Hill Park and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum tie into a study of the northeast and to immigration. While in 4th, two day trips, one in the fall to Green Chimney's Clearpool Camp and one in the spring to Teatown Lake Reservation integrates science, Jewish Studies and social emotional learning in an exploration of the outdoors.
Fifth graders attend a fall trip to Frost Valley where they bond as the newest incoming Middle School class and challenge themselves with activities ranging from hiking to rock wall climbing to boating. Sixth graders travel to Washington, DC for a two night, three day exploration of the nation’s capital that includes a visit to Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center.