Students Exemplify Strengths of CPS Initiatives
It’s been said that the world is a book and those who don’t travel read only a page. Rachel Johnson, a senior at Clark Montessori High School, is determined to read from cover to cover.
She’s been on school-sponsored trips to New York City; Washington D.C.; Paris, France; and Andros Island in the Bahamas.
“I want to get away every opportunity I can,” says Johnson. “I love adventure and seeking out the world.”
She explains that at Clark Montessori, students are able to go on intersession each spring. “It’s a two-week period where you can pick a mini-class that ranges in anything from music recording production to surviving in the wild to international trips,” she says. “This year, I’m going to the Dominican to do service work. The teacher who is going with us is from the Dominican, so we’ll visit his family and get to see firsthand the culture.”
Rachel’s other trips have been packed full of learning experiences, too. “Freshman year I was in the steel drum band and we traveled to New York City to a few blind schools and taught students how to play the steel drums and gave concerts. Sophomore year we went to Washington D.C. and learned about politics. Junior year, I went with other students studying French to Paris. The whole program is really preparing me for the real world. We focus on school work and getting good grades, but also getting hands-on experiences.”
Even when she’s here in Cincinnati, the experiences aren’t just in the classroom. “Each fall we have another intersession but unlike the ones in spring they are assigned by grade. In fall, for seniors that means job shadowing.” Rachel has already been in touch with non-profits to learn about the business-side of the non-profit world. She has public service work exposure as well, having completed an internship at the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati learning about environmental science.
In the future, she hopes to apply the lessons she has learned traveling the world and getting hands-on experiences in a career in international business. She wants to study international business and minor in Spanish and French. She’s even considering internships abroad.
No matter what lies in store for Rachel, it’s sure to be an adventure.