We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about NextTerm, but please feel free to reach out to us or the program coordinators if you have additional questions.
All Upper School underclassmen participate in NextTerm. Middle School students enjoy a condensed intensive program each January called X-Day. Seniors propose and create individual Capstone experiences each May, though some may apply to be teaching assistants on NextTerm courses.
Will this course go on my student’s transcript?
Yes, all NextTerm courses are graded, semester credit, intensive courses that will appear on each student's transcript (similar to a summer course).
How do colleges view NextTerm?
An additional motivation in the development of NextTerm was to help Hun students distinguish themselves in the college process with additional courses and life experiences. How many high school graduates have participated in credited classes that offer these types of internships, immersive experiences, and the creation of real-world products, not to mention the reflective opportunities for college essays? Whatsmore, given that NextTerm is an additional semester of academic work beyond our existing academic curriculum, it is highly regarded.
How is NextTerm graded?
NextTerm courses have assessments like any other course. All students will produce a cumulative project, reflective of their experience and acquired knowledge. They will also have a platform to share their work with experts in the field and the larger Hun School community. NexPo, a community exhibit of NextTerm projects, takes place at the semester conclusion, each June.
Is there an added cost?
The Freshmen Experience and the majority of the local NextTerm courses are covered by your family’s tuition commitment. Domestic NextTerm courses that require air travel, such as Walking in MLK’s Footsteps (Alabama), Migration and American Identity (Arizona),The Road to 270 (Washington, D.C.), A View of the Other, Life Among Native Americans (Arizona), and Open Spaces: A National Park Experience (Nevada) may carry a $350 travel fee. International NextTerm courses, such as Castles Made of Sand (Ghana), and Can You Hear Me Now (France) carry a travel fee that is equivalent to 50% of the cost of the trip or approximately $2,500.
Students who currently receive financial aid are eligible for commensurate grants for NextTerm.
What about AP courses, tests?
NextTerm begins after AP exams are completed. However, some national tests might still run during travel periods. NextTerm faculty teams issue detailed course syllabi in April. Each student is encouraged to carefully examine his or her syllabus at that time, taking into account the schedule and expectations of the course. Advanced Placement exams will be accommodated however, students will not be excused from course requirements for other conflicts.
Can my student participate in NextTerm and still play a sport or participate in performing arts?
Yes! The program is designed so that most NextTerm courses will support participation in spring athletics, performing arts, etc. Most travel courses begin their trips at the conclusion of the spring athletics season.
A limited number of courses, specifically those that include long-distance travel, may conflict with post-season sport commitments such as state tournaments or national regattas. Student-athletes who wish to play a spring sport are advised to avoid courses that conflict with their sport schedules.
Does NextTerm follow a regular school day schedule?
During the three week mini-mester, time commitments vary largely dependent upon the course in which a student is enrolled. Most courses have a minimum on-campus obligation from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day. However, some courses include evening and weekend commitments. And, traditional homework gives way to research and project-based work. Students have regular access to campus for this work, as well as the ability to remain on campus for meals, activities, or to accommodate drop off and pick-up times, etc.
Most courses meet on campus during the first week of the semester, and travel the second and/or third week. On those days, school hours vary. All students receive a course syllabus with travel plans well in advance of the semester.
Will I have an opportunity to see my child's work?
Yes! All students present their cumulative assignment and projects at NextPo, a two-day project exhibition for field and industry experts and The Hun School community each June.