A Going Out is a planned undertaking by a small group of Montessori children in the Elementary Years (6-12). They find an area of shared interest, schedule the outing, arrange for their own transportation and supervision (by staff or parent volunteers), prepare themselves for the experience including understanding costs and rules, conduct themselves with dignity while out in public, and return to share their research with the rest of the class. Each Going Out is an entire course of study on independence, responsibility, financing, and good citizenship.
Montessori 6-12 aged children go out to the public library, to museums, to farms, to local businesses and public service institutions. They visit other schools and consult with experts. They attend plays, ballets, concerts, public lectures, tours, and other civic offerings. They spend time outside, having direct experiences with the natural world. Montessori children might go out occasionally or often, but the experiences are always deeply personal and memorable.