J-Term at WHS provides an opportunity for students to dive deeply into an existing area of interest or explore a new interest during an immersive learning experience of their choosing. J-Term courses are challenging and experiential; they involve, not just inform. Students explore, create, study, think and do. J-Term allows students to experience learning without the external controls that steer much of their education (e.g. classes constrained by bells and achievement measured by a grade). While each J-Term course is unique, all courses culminate in:
- a final product or performance, and/or
- a shared experience, and/or
- a reflection upon what was learned
J-Term will take place during the final week of school, following final exams. The tentative dates for J-Term 2020 are June 15th through June 19th.
The J-Term Steering Committee
The many challenges and demands of developing the J-Term program were met by the members of the J-Term Steering Committee, a group of volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to the program's planning and execution. The members are: