At schools all across the United States, there is a festive feel in the air as students—teachers, too—anticipate Christmas. Teachers decorate their classrooms with lights and trees; students share gifts; groups plan parties; and beyond all of it is Christmas break!
But then comes January. Dull, gray January, the beginning of what educators call the doldrums of the school year—the long stretch of short days till spring.
But not at Wheaton Academy.
It’s almost as if we extend our celebration of Christmas—with its lights and colors and extravagance—into the New Year.
Because January brings Winterim!
With nearly 100 different classes, 24 trips, and a wide range of internship opportunities, there is truly something for everyone!
Students can learn how to repair computers, design animated games, make bread, create mosaics, crochet, write calligraphy, design clothing, play floor hockey or indoor soccer, juggle, sew, make films, paint graffiti and murals, dance, rock climb...
Those interested in more academic subjects can take classes like Church Music: History, Practices, and Current Issues; Civil War: Reasons and Regrets; Geology; Astronomy 101; Historical Interactive: World War II; Business and the Financial Markets; Criminal Justice and Investigation; Tolkien, Master of Myth and Legend; Theology Fight Club…
For those who want to spend an intensive two weeks focusing on their spiritual growth, there are classes such as Women of Valor (and its counterpart, Men of Valor); Disciplines of a Godly Woman (and, again, Disciplines of a Godly Man); Evangelism Training; the Gospel According to U2…
And that is only what is offered ON CAMPUS!
Many students choose to go on trips. Faculty-led groups are going to Costa Rica, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Greece, and China for cultural exposure and personal growth. Mission teams are going to Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Scotland to serve and work. Other groups are combining sports and service, new experiences with spiritual preparation. There are sailing trips, basketball trips, and surfing trips. There are service and academic trips to locations within the U.S., and a Habitat for Humanity trip to Arizona.
That’s only a partial list.
Then there are juniors and seniors who choose to plan an internship in a field of their interest. This allows students to observe and experience a working professional’s life for two weeks. They follow lawyers, mechanics, teachers, doctors, engineers, scientists, preschool workers, electricians, businessmen, etc. These experiences can aid in major decisions that students face and are valuable tools in the discovery process of individual gifts and interests.
There’s a LOT going on!
So we here at Wheaton Academy welcome Christmas break.
But we also look forward to January!
*Find more information and a more complete listing of classes and trips under the “WA Distinctives” tab on this page.