The annual Tour of Texas is the highlight of the 6th grade year. Texas history is begun in class and continued on the road with a 4-day tour of the great State of Texas in April among the blooming Texas wildflowers. Students experience interactive history through visiting key historical areas that cover the timeline of Texas history. The roadmap takes us to Abilene's Frontier Texas Museum where students learn about the ranching industry. The Alamo in San Antonio is a favorite, and of course, the great Texas State Capitol and Bob Bullock Museum in Austin rank high also. Dallas features The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Recreational fun provides an exhilarating diversion after a day of travel and study. Students will hear the timeline of Texas history many times along the journey, but that is not the only reason for this excursion. It is an opportunity for both core day students to interact and get to know one another outside of the school setting, which builds unity looking forward to joining hearts and minds in their 7th grade year at the upper school.
MCA sponsors an American History Trip for the junior class each year in May. The trip occurs over the first ten days of the summer break. The trip is an extension of school and is designed to enhance the American History class that the students will take in the fall as seniors. The trip also seeks to promote unity in the senior class and to reward students in good standing for their hard work. The trip visits Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Plymouth, New York City, Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.