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 2020, 815 students chose from 43 courses, including Hispanic Culture and Cuisine, Sports Medicine, Biomimicry, Music and the Movies, Disaster Management, Entrepreneurship, and other options blending experiential learning from across disciplines.
All courses are encouraged to take field trips to explore Atlanta, the Southeast, and the world! Students took more than 200 field trips to places like the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River, the Coca-Cola headquarters, Broadway shows, a meeting with mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at Atlanta City Hall, and much more! Internationally, students studied sustainability in Costa Rica and built homes in Guatemala. In addition, nearly 100 speakers presented to classes.
Eleventh and twelfth graders completed more than 40 internships, broadening their horizons and learning real-world lessons in a variety of fields.