OC-PE Middle School (7th & 8th Grades)
This Outdoor Education for PE credit curriculum is a multi-tiered, semester long cumulative program designed for middle school and high school students enrolled in AISD as an off campus, approved program.
Middle School: 7th – 8th
Tuesdays: 4:30pm – 6:45pm
Wednesdays: 4:30pm – 6:45pm
*3 Saturday Field Trips
**Includes one overnight surf trip in spring semester
***Includes one overnight mountain bike expedition in fall semester
*Make up day: Sunday: 11am – 1pm
Students must attend 5 hours per week for 1 semester – earning 1 Outdoor Education PE credit per semester. Students are responsible for any missed class days and may make up hours missed by arranging make up hours (typically available on weekends) with the instructor of The Expedition School.
Requirements for both Programs:
Requirements for Adventure Based Environmental Stewardship and Learning:
Conservation, Ecology and Community Service Learning:
Middle School students are to complete 1 adventure based learning service project per semester assigned/sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation. These projects will be assigned in the fall on September 24th: National Public Lands Day and, in the spring on March 3rd for It’s My Parks Day.
*Students may choose the general Outdoor Education PE credit or, they may choose to do one of the activities listed in the Outdoor Education curriculum for the same 1 PE credit, For example, if a student is interested in mountain biking, then that student can attend the mountain biking segment of the curriculum. – as long as the 5 hour per week per semester is completed.
Middle School students are also required to complete 1 trash clean-up sessions assigned by The Expedition School
Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB). These clean-up will occur bimonthly through the KAB lake clean-ups.
Time: 9am – 11am
Choose Fall Semester Months:
August, October, December
Choose Spring Semester Months:
February, April, June
Requirements for Adaptive Adventure Based Volunteerism:
Students are to complete 1 after school Stand Up Paddle session per semester by volunteering with
Texas School for the Deaf and TX School (TSD)
Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
Or, with the
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)
Optional Courses: Boater Education and/or American Red Cross Courses for additional fee. ALL OCPE students will receive 30% discount on all classes.
Boater Education Class: 6 hours
American Red Cross: Emergency Oxygen
American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue
American Red Cross CPR/AED for Pro Rescuer
American Red Cross Standard First Aid
American Red Cross Guardstart
Students will meet at The Expedition School / City of Austin Parks and Recreation Lorraine Grandma Camacho Center.
Because we are in the outdoor elements – and, that weather is a constant variable, students are required to come dressed weather appropriately – and, anticipate weather changes throughout the duration of the time allotted for the daily activity. For example, if we anticipate a weather change and/or inclement weather is forecasted, The School will follow an inclement weather protocol and/or have class indoors, cancel class, and/or expect students to be dressed appropriately for the weather change (rain, cold, heat, high wind, etc.)
Additionally, students are required to wear activity based appropriate clothing. For example, if we are planning to spend the afternoon on the lake, students must wear a bathing suit and sunscreen, and bring a towel, and change of clothes.
Personal Gear (PG):
If additional gear is required for the activity, The Expedition School will be in contact with both the students and parents on what to bring within seven days of that activity. There will be no additional cost incurred for this gear.