9th Grade Study Trip
Thu, Apr 12 - Fri, Apr 13
CSU Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz
1 day before

The 9th Grade Study trip is an overnight trip to CSU Monterey Bay and UC Santa Cruz from April 12 - April 13.


We are looking for drivers who can accompany the group and drive the students between Sunnyvale, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and back. 


Parent drivers are critical to making this trip a success.  We ask that you seriously consider joining the trip as a driver since we need ~20-25 drivers for this trip to occur.


If you can drive, please fill out the Google form at this link:



Want more details?  Read on...

This year the 9th grade is going on college tours CSU Monterey Bay and of UCSC. We're spending the night at the boys ad girls club on Santa Cruz. We will depart on Thursday 4/12 around 8:30am and return on Friday 4/13 at the end of the regular school day.


We plan on taking all of the 9th grade kids with us. Staff, as always, will transport themselves. If we need to we can put a few kids in staff cars, but it would be great to limit that as much as possible.


This trip is a little different from others in that we need drivers throughout the day on both days.

  • On Thursday, we need drivers from 8:30am (in Sunnyvale) until 9:00pm (in Santa Cruz) to drive students between Denali, CSU Monterey Bay, Point Lobos and the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Cruz, and the beach.
  • On Friday, drivers are needed by 8:30am at the Boys and Girls club in Santa Cruz, then at 2:30pm to drive back to Denali.

Parents are welcome to spend the night at the boys and girls club, but that is not required. The teachers will provide the overnight supervision. Some parents drive home for the night and return by 8:30am to drive the 2nd day and some find alternative accommodations.

Accommodations for parents:
If you plan to stay with the students at the Boys and Girls Club, it is free for parents. You just need to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. I think everyone including students will need to pack their own lunch for Thursday.  Please note that parents who stay with the kids need to be volunteer approved, including TB test and Livescan background check.

There are many nearby motels. Carousel Beach Inn (http://www.yelp.com/biz/carousel-beach-inn-santa-cruz) in Santa Cruz which is directly across from the Boardwalk and only 5 minute drive away from where the kids are staying. Rio Vista Inn is a nicer motel and other options include Ocean Pacific Lodge. They are all 5 minutes away from the Boys and Girls Club where the students and teachers are staying.

Proposed/Tentative Itinerary for 9th Grade Denali Study Trip 2018:

April 12 2018

8:15 Meet in Mentor Groups @ Denali
8:30 Depart in carpools for CSUMB
10:00 Arrive at CSUMB
10:15 Tour of CSUMB
12:00 Lunch at CSUMB
12:30 Head to Point Lobos
1:00 Hike @ Point Lobos
3:00 Head to B & G Club of SC
4:30 Arrive in SC, Unpack and relax
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Load cars for Beach Bonfire
9:00 Return to BGCSC
10:00 Lights out

Day 2

7:00 Wake up
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Load Cars and head to UCSC
9:00 Scavenger hunt at UCSC
11:30 Eat lunch
1:00 Tour of UCSC
2:30 Head back to Denali

Summit Denali requires that drivers fill out the driver forms. The volunteer driver forms can be found on the parent org website: https://summitdenaliparents.wordpress.com/tool-kit/forms/