City Experience is a beyond the classroom learning experience that runs for three weeks at the end of the Year 8 academic year. “School” is the central business district of Sydney, based out of St. Stephen's Uniting Church Hall, Macquarie St.

The program has developed from a synthesis of ideas from current international trends and best practice in Middle Schooling, the MLC School strategy Transforming Learning, and the curriculum frameworks of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, and Understanding by Design.

The learning that takes place is experiential, collaborative, negotiated, independent and interdependent. It challenges the notion of schooling and indeed of teaching. Students are challenged to respond to a “big question” with some guidance in the form of both written instruction and negotiated discussion. They demonstrate their individual and group learnings at a “learning celebration” held on the last day.

What is exciting and rewarding about City Experience is the dynamic community of learners that establishes so quickly in an environment where there are no right or wrong answers. Critical thinking and deep engagement of teachers and students alike creates a community where everyone learns from and about each other. The learning community is enriched through the involvement of parents who generously offer their expertise and/or workplaces to allow first hand access to people and places not readily accessible to students.