CFE instills wisdom, compassion, respect and understanding that prepares Minnehaha students for an increasingly global society.

In March of each academic year, students in grades 9 through 11 participate in a weeklong on-site learning experience called Cultural Field Experience. During this week, students are exposed to people and communities that are different from their own. The goal of this experience is to promote an understanding of another person’s life experiences and point of view and to provide students opportunities to discover their God-given gifts. Students earn academic credit for this experience.


The intentions of real-life learning are to:

  • Educate students with an understanding of another’s life and point of view

  • Equip students with tools to discover their God-given gifts

  • Engage students in experiences in order to become compassionate and globally-minded citizens

  • Empower students with a willingness to give of themselves in service to God and others


High School students go all over the city, country, and world to be immersed in communities and cultures other than their own. They dive into real-life learning opportunities in the hopes that they will gain increased wisdom, compassion, respect and understanding to prepare them to be global citizens.


Each year, we offer opportunities for our students to participate in an Overnight Trip experience during our CFE week in March. To see our Overnight Trip options, please click on the button below. Students must apply for all Overnight trips. 


2022 Overnight Trip Options

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For students in 9-11th grade that choose to not participate in an Overnight Trip, local community partnership opportunities will be available for their Cultural Field Experience. These options will be released in January allowing students to choose which partnership they would like to work with in March. Students will be on-site during school hours with community partners during the week before Spring Break. 



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