Engaging, experiential, cross-disciplinary and project-based learning.
JanTerm is an intensive, three-week course of study allowing Upper School students to focus on a single topic in great depth and at an accelerated pace. This immersive learning experience offers unique, cross-disciplinary experiences in the classroom as well as off-campus field trips and opportunities for overnight travel. These classes foster collaboration and provide venues for students to create, innovate, and problem solve.
JanTerm gave me the opportunity to try something I’ve always wanted to do, but could never fit into my busy schedule: painting. "Painting with a Purpose" exposed me to the power and meaning of artwork, opened a new perception of the world around me, and greatly increased my appreciation for art. Student, Class of 2015
JanTerm by the Numbers
In January 2017, 818 students chose from 46 courses, including Broadcast Journalism, Food Chemistry & Global Cultures, Sports Medicine, Leadership 101, Atlantic Coastal Ecology & Culture, History & Physics of Flight, and more.
All courses are encouraged to take field trips to explore Atlanta, the Southeast, and the world! Using 45 buses, the students and 105 faculty members took 220 field trips. Thirty-five students traveled abroad to Kenya, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. In addition, more than 80 speakers visited campus to present to classes.
Eleventh and twelfth graders may use JanTerm to do internships in a variety of fields from medicine to research to interior design. Students completed 44 internships in 2017.