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.
For three weeks each May, Hun high school students- including freshmen, sophomores, and juniors- participate in a ground-breaking immersion learning experience designed to offer a deep exploration of real-world topics. NextTerm courses are project-based, credited courses that fall outside the constraints of traditional disciplines. They are team-taught, informed by a variety of environments and real-world practitioners, and utilize resources both on and off campus. Student teams then produce a culminating project that is shared with professional advisors, parents, and faculty during NextPo, the NextTerm project exhibition event.
What is perhaps most unique about NextTerm is the opportunity Hun students have to examine some of the more pressing topics of our time from multiple angles. They 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 from which that topic spawned.
The freshman experience
All ninth grade students immerse themselves into the theory and practice of community, leadership, and service as they travel into surrounding communities and towns including Princeton, Trenton, Philadelphia, and New York City. The class is divided into small sections that each focus on an element, business, or experience in service of the community such as: a restaurant, museum, or park. They explore the goals, challenges, and market opportunities of their project area before creating a relevant business plan.
exploring Community through Restaurant development
Students in Ms. Petruzzelli’s Freshman NextTerm course examine community through the restaurant industry. This entrepreneurial class teaches students about the research and planning that goes into successful restaurant development. For a culminating project, they design a restaurant concept that they believe will be successful in their chosen communities. Project elements include everything from real estate acquisition to menu planning and marketing.
sophomores and juniors
Sophomores and juniors choose their own three-week adventure from a menu of nineteen courses. Courses are team-taught, take place in locations near and far to Hun, and are influenced by experts on the ground. For example, students will study sustainability in the National Parks; women and politics in Washington, D.C.; native American life in Montana; immigration in Arizona; civil rights ideas and action in Memphis; the psychology and physics of thrill rides at various theme parks; and food insecurity in Trenton, New Jersey.
Castles made of sand: Ghana
Students in this NextTerm course study the historical significance of the transatlantic slave trade as it relates to both West Africa and America. Using Ghana as a case study, students see firsthand how governmental instability and external global forces can impact the economic, social, and environmental development of a country, while developing a deeper understanding of their own personal identity. Prior to departure, they work with faculty (including a Ghanaian professor from Princeton University) to explore Ghanaian culture and history.
migration and identity
Students in this course travel to the U.S.-Mexican border to investigate how migration informs and shapes American identity in this dynamic and highly globalized world. While there are prior to departure, they work with people on both sides of the debate – border patrol agents, ranchers, local officials, and immigrants – to learn about the complexity of the issue.
Motivated to Learn
“We need something different—something beyond management, whatever the next iteration is. We need leaders, both in organizations and in schools, who create an atmosphere in which people have a sufficient degree of freedom; can move toward mastery on something that matters; and know why they're doing something, not just how to do it.”
Daniel Pink, Best-selling Author and Educator