By the end of Gr.12, four TOPS years have gone by. Four years of working the academic coal mines, but also four years of living an experience of a lifetime. TOPS does not offer its students simply a high school experience; it offers more.
Each year, the Grade 12 students embark on an amazing trip to the United States. After four years of gruelling work, four years of stressful assignments, and four years of building a remarkable community, they journey together to a large American city.
If the class heads to Chicago, they get to go on a river cruise touring the local architecture. The Windy City is well known for the architectural footprints left by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most renown modern architects who reshaped the way we look at today’s buildings entirely. While in Chicago, the trip would not be complete without a visit to the Sears Tower, nor without a visit to the Shedd Aquarium.
They may go to visit the famous New York City instead of Chicago. There, they explore the wonders of the city from museums and cultural centers such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Little Italy. And who can forget the ever famous Times Square and the Empire States Building? Architecture is also an important theme to the New York trip. Students explore Greenwich Village & SoHo, fascinating neighbourhoods resembling small 19th century towns, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—a masterpiece of modern architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright.