As part of the Elementary experience at Greenspring Montessori School, students often organize their own Going-Outs. Unlike a field trip, which is usually organized by the teacher and requires whole class participation, a Going-Out is organized by a student or a small group based on what they are researching. Once a student has exhausted the resources in the classroom and the school library, they may look into other community resources. Students pick a place to visit, a professor to meet, or an activity to do, then they research the cost, reach out to the organization to schedule a time, print out directions, and organize a parent volunteer to drive. The students are in charge of every detail of the outing, giving them true ownership of their work. Afterward, many students present what they learned to the entire class in a way that speaks to them. It could be a play, a formal presentation, a book that they create, or something entirely new!

If you are a parent, friend, or relative interested in volunteering, we encourage you to become a Going-Out chaperone. The parent volunteer is there to ensure safety, but leaves the logistics and execution of the trip entirely to the students, even if they make mistakes along the way. Being a Going-Out chaperone is a perfect opportunity for you to learn first-hand about our Elementary program through the work of the students.

To learn more about the requirements to become a Going-Out chaperone, please follow the steps below.


  1. Watch a recorded Going-Out Orientation video above.
  2. Complete this GoogleForm with your availability and other required information.
  3. Print, complete, sign, and submit via scan, mail, drop-off to the school (Chris Youngston Gray) a Motor Vehicle Record Permission Form with a photocopy of your driver’s license. 
  4. Bring your completed State of Maryland LiveScan Pre-registration application (Agency Authorization #9000034783), your state issued ID (drivers license, etc), and payment* to:

Absolute Investigative Services 

604 E. Joppa Rd.
Towson, MD 21286

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
Cash or debit/credit card only – No checks accepted Background checks (fingerprinting and childcare approval) total approximately $55 – if you would like to have the school reimburse you for your background check, please contact us and we would be happy to arrange payment for you.

To submit your paperwork or for assistance with logistics, contact:

Chris Youngston Gray, Advancement Assistant, 410-321-8555 x110 or

Next steps:

Once the requirements are met, you will be added to a list of possible chaperones. As needed, students initiating a Going-Out will reach out to the volunteer to request their assistance chaperoning.