the experience

Action — that’s what all of history’s great thinkers, artists, achievers, and innovators have in common.
They took action, stepping (sometimes literally) into the unknown.

Taking cues from this, NextTerm is a three-week, project-based, immersive semester that gives students the freedom to pursue their passions, curiosities, and interests. All students in grades nine through eleven choose from a menu of more than twenty courses, including many with a travel component. 

During NextTerm, student's aren't just working toward a grade (although courses are graded); students work to solve real-world problems and advance the way our society thinks about and approaches the issues of our time. 

Courses are team-taught, informed by a variety of environments and real-world practitioners, and utilize resources both on and off campus. Students are afforded the time and the resources to follow the information and their budding interest wherever it takes them. The result is empowering, invigorating, and transformative. 

Different than traditional travel programs that focus primarily on culture, NextTerm courses explore a specific topic or issue, in the environment most relevant to that topic.

The Courses

Collective Action: Protecting Leatherbacks in Costa Rica

Essential Question: How can we play an active role in securing the health of our ecosystem and protecting our wildlife? What aspects of Costa Rica’s conservation programs can be applied or adapted here in New Jersey?

Curricular Focus: Marine Science  •  Ecology  •  Socioeconomics •  Conservation

Locations: The Hun School and Costa Rica; Spanish language proficiency not required

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Transcend and Transform: A Way of Life

Essential Question: How did Henry David Thoreau and the transcendental movement transform America, our understanding of the natural world, and our place in it? And how can we train our minds to make intentional contact with the world around us?

Curricular Focus: Natural history  •  Literature  •  History  •  Outdoor education

Locations: The Hun School and Maine

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Into the Open Spaces: America's National Park Experience

Essential Question: How and why are National Parks essential to the American experience and what role do we play in their stewardship and legacy? 

Curricular Focus: History  •  Outdoor Education  •  Conservation Biology and Ecology 

Locations: The Hun School and National Parks

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Bittersweet Sustainability: Our Love of Chocolate

Essential Question: How has the sweet history of chocolate shaped our world and influenced our diets, economies, cultures, and ecosystems?

Curricular Focus: Science  •  Global History  •  Ethics

Locations: The Hun School, Hershey, Pa.

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Space Race: To Infinity and Beyond!

Essential Question: What events and factors influenced early space travel? How has innovation changed the path of space exploration and where will it lead?

Curricular Focus: Astronomy •  Technology •  Business  •  History

Locations: The Hun School, Maryland, Washington, DC

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“The opportunities students have through NextTerm are ones that don’t exist anywhere else. The program provides experiences that are meaningful and foundational for who they are, who they become, and how they see the world.”

Otis Douce, director of Equity, Inclusion, and Global Diversity

The Facts

3 Weeks spent in
a NextTerm course
each year

8 States, 3 countries
our classes will
travel to in 2024

20 Courses from
which 10th
and 11th graders choose

The News

Hun Students Work Alongside New Jersey Beekeepers

Have you ever had two teachers who doubled as certified bee-keepers? What about dissected a beehive to see (and taste!) fresh honey combs? Or, suited up with some of New Jersey’s best apiarists to explore how the honey bee is invaluable to our biodiversity? 

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One Course. Three Weeks.

Anywhere your mind can go.