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Winter Term

Winter Term is an intense, three-week, one-topic course of study held each January. The goal of Winter Term is to put into practice the concept of “depth over breadth,” something that supports the school’s mission of providing the most meaningful educational experiences Brooks students will have. The single-course structure of Winter Term allows students and faculty to work together even more closely than they do in regular classes.

See the offerings
Check out the Winter Term 2015 course catalog here.

Camp Becket Parental Permission Form for Third-formers
As part of the third form Winter Term experience, students will be participating in activities at Camp Becket in the Berkshires from the morning of Tuesday, January 6 to the early afternoon of Thursday, January 8. A signed permission form is needed for all third-formers. If you haven’t done so already, please fill out this two page form and send it to Associate Head for Academic Affairs Lance Latham by email or at 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover MA 01845. Thank you!
Winter Term News
Winter Term 2015
New third-form program and innovative courses offered this year.

Passing it On
Students present check to Merrimack Habitat for Humanity board of trustees.

Winter Term Wraps Up
Three Weeks of intensive study end in an evening symposium.

Engineering Passion
Students pursue various interests in Explorations in Engineering Winter Term.

A Vietnam Experience
Winter Term class meets Senator McCain on trip to D.C.

Expression through Dance
Choreography and Composition Winter Term course performs original pieces.

The North Shore in Winter
Searching for the elusive snowy owl on Plum Island.

The Art and Science of Baking
In Winter Term course, students learn more than how to bake a cake.

Winter Term Kicks Off
Social Entrepreneurship course Skypes with girls in Afghanistan school.

About Winter Term
Learn more about Winter Term 2014 on the Winter Term Blog

Click here to see photos from Winter Term 2014.

How does Winter Term work?
Each year, the Brooks faculty produces a master list of course proposals. The course concepts are the result of faculty brainstorming that’s focused on three different kinds of classes: experiential, topical and approach-based. Teachers were asked to dream big — in other words, “Think of your dream teaching moment; given boundless time and resources, what would you really like to teach?” And then, “How can we adjust that to fit the Winter Term model?”

In the fall, students sign up for a class that interests them. Each class has its own requirements, daily expectations and meeting times, however most of the Winter Term courses place an emphasis on collaborative teaching. 

To create time in the school calendar for Winter Term, final exams for first-semester courses were moved to before the holiday break in December. Second semester won’t start until February — leaving January open for a month’s worth of Winter Term courses.

Winter Term archive
Click here to check out our photo and video galleries of the Winter Term 2012 experience.