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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 2016 course catalog here.

Winter Term News
“CSI: Brooks” Is On The Case
Students learn forensic science in a unique Winter Term class.


Alumni Offer Perspectives on the Vietnam War
Three Brooks graduates visited a Winter Term class to discuss the conflict.


Making the Brooks Band
Students record a song and make a music video in a professional studio.


Winter Term Begins
Innovative approaches to education are at the heart of the January session.


A D.C. Experience
Vietnam Winter Term class visits the nation’s Capitol.


Winter Term Symposium
Students show off what they learned during three weeks of intensive study.


Wednesday Night Live
Brooks Winter Term class performs live variety show.


Going Big
Dan Pallotta speaks to Winter Term classes about fundraising, TED Talks. 


The Past Comes Alive
In genealogy Winter Term class, students explore where they came from.

Winter Term 2015 Speakers
Click here to see a list of all the exciting speakers who came to Brooks during Winter Term 2015.
About Winter Term
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
Learn more about Winter Term 2014 on the Winter Term Blog

Click here to see photos from Winter Term 2014.