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.
The Chattahoochee River: Politics and Science gave us a real-world perspective on the topics we studied. Instead of just learning about ecosystems and river-based industries, we visited them and learned directly from the people who depend on the Chattahoochee. JanTerm inspires us to go above and beyond in a non-traditional subject and it allows faculty to share their incredible knowledge with the next generation.Student, Class of 2020
JanTerm by the Numbers
In January 2019, 827 students chose from 47 courses, including The Science and Design of Cars and Racing, Animal Science, Business of Sports, French Cooking & Culture, Sports Medicine, Atlantic Coastal Ecology & Culture, Music & the Movies, Entrepreneurship, and more.
All courses are encouraged to take field trips to explore Atlanta, the Southeast, and the world! Using 46 buses, the students and 150 faculty members took more than 20 field trips. Forty-eight students traveled abroad to Israel, Kenya, Guatemala, and Québec. In addition, nearly 100 speakers presented to classes.
Eleventh and twelfth graders may use JanTerm to do internships in a variety of fields from medicine to research to mobile app development. Students completed more than 40 internships in 2019.