The Snyder Academy invites teachers to bring their Fourth Grade students to discover Elizabethtown, 1664-1826 through a visit to the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth, Burial Grounds and The Snyder Academy.
Students will learn about the founding of Elizabethtown in 1664 on the very spot where the first colonial assembly met, the first religious congregation was formed, the first school and college were founded and where several generations of prominent leaders and thinkers shaped the development of Elizabeth, New Jersey and the United States. Using the campus and its historical resources as artifacts, students will be exposed to history, government, geography, art, architecture, education, religion, sociology, economics and archeology. Fourth graders will learn what it was like to be a nine year old in Elizabeth during the colonial period, the Revolutionary War and the early years of the United States.
Program Length: The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including a visit to Boxwood Hall State Historic Site and a 30-minute lunch break.
Maximum number of students per day: 100 students.
Fourth Grade Core Curriculum Standards covered by the program:
6.1.4.A.2, 6.1.4.A.7, 6.1.4.A.9, 6.1.4.B.2, 6.1.4.B.7, 6.1.4.B.10, 6.1.4.C.14, 6.1.4.D.2, 6.1.4.D.3, 6.1.4.D.4, 6.1.4.D.8, 6.1.4.D.11, 6.1.4.D.12, 6.1.4.D.13 6.1.4.D.14
- Tours must be booked two weeks in advance.
- Large groups will be divided into groups of 20-25 and rotate through the First Presbyterian Church, burial grounds, Snyder Academy and Boxwood Hall.
- Students must pack a complete lunch. The Snyder Academy has a kitchen and adjacent function room where students can store and eat their lunches, but no food will be available for purchase.
- Students should dress appropriately for the weather. They will spend time outside as they tour the burial grounds and walk back and forth to Boxwood Hall.
- Teachers will be provided with pre- and post-visit packets that include activities designed to familiarize students with vocabulary and geography relating to the site and its history covered during the field trip.
- Please advise in advance if there are students with physical limitations that would prohibit use of stairs. We require one chaperone for every 10 students.
- Please call 908-353-2131 with questions or to schedule a tour.
Program cost: $5.00 per student with one free teacher/chaperone for every 10 students. No charge for one on one aides or school nurse. The program is offered to Elizabeth schools at a 20% off discount from our standard school program fee.