The Leelanau School Creates Opportunity for Immersive Education During Third Academic Term in Winter
Winter Term creates a pause between the normal 8-period schedule students experience in the Fall and Spring semesters. During this five-week immersive academic term students have the opportunity to experience two engaging and exciting courses.
A deep and responsive education requires instructional agility. Students and teachers need the opportunity to transcend the confining limits of the daily bell schedule. Depth of learning and project-based experiences are activated when passion and effort are unconstrained by artificial time limits and competing obligations.
To achieve this learning environment, The Leelanau School has implemented a 5 week Winter Term into its program. Winter Term creates a pause between the normal 8-period schedule students experience in the Fall and Spring semesters. During this five-week immersive academic term students have the opportunity to experience two engaging and exciting courses of their choosing.
This innovative term – designed and facilitated by faculty – is strength-based, experiential learning at its best and provides an environment where students can flourish in areas of their interest and/or expertise. During Winter Term students spend two and a half hours per day in each class, giving them ample opportunity to delve deeply into the subject material and produce high quality, creative, and original work. With only two courses per day, there is simply more time and opportunity for field trips, service learning, projects, collaborative efforts, research, fieldwork, multi-media productions, and international travel. Students are seldom confined to the traditional classroom and teachers are able to take advantage of the instructional freedom enabled with longer blocks of time and fewer competing classes to expand the classroom into the community.
In addition, Winter Term creates opportunity for supervised independent studies, credit recovery, and expansion of students' transcripts. Additional classes and credits on high school transcripts are attractive to colleges and employers. They show a greater range of study and a rigorous, well-rounded high school experience.
This year, students are pursuing studies in courses such as Abnormal Psychology, Native American History of Leelanau County, Film Studies, Songwriting, Winter Ecology, Practical Life Skills, and Snow Sports. Some students will also spend their winter term studying Human Exploration, capped with a trip to the Galapagos Islands, while others will be completing online AP classes aligned to their specific post-secondary goals.
The Leelanau School is a Glen Arbor, Michigan based independent boarding and day high school offering students an experiential college-prep education with integrated learning support, individualized attention, small classes, and a commitment to whole-person wellness. Visit us at http://leelanau.org
Kristie McCaw, Director of Marketing
The Leelanau School