January Interim

Each year, during the first week following winter break, the upper school participates in January Interim Week. The mission of the week is to provide academic enrichment; introduce students to areas of study not encompassed within the regular curriculum; give students an opportunity to explore individual interests through independent study; and provide time for community service work.

Students have many academic and experiential options during the January Interim Week:

  • A variety of classes led by PHS faculty, guest instructors and students are offered both on and off campus.
  • Students can complete an academic independent study or a community service independent study.
  • Students can travel with a school-sponsored trip.

Important Enrollment Information

Students must take classes all three periods and at least one class must be an academic class. The catalog of courses and descriptions is accessible electronically. Students enroll by grade level through an online form. 

Enrollment Dates

Enrollment will take place in Fall 2019.

TBA: Senior class registration
TBA: Junior class registration
TBA: Sophomore class registration
TBA: Freshman class registration

Jan Term 2020 Trips

Guatemala

Guatemala
Sponsors: Dr. Paul Chan and Dr. Marjie MacGregor
Dates: Jan. 2-10, 2020
Cost: $2,700 (which includes a $500 donation to ALDEA (Advancing Local Development through Empowerment and Action, https://aldeaguatemala.org/ to support clean drinking water filtration systems, sanitary latrines and vented stoves).

The objective of the trip is to expose students to rural health in a Mayan village through through extended case study and service. The conditions of rural health will be contrasted by the squatter camps in urban Guatemala City. Dr. Chan began work in this region in 1991 and led Jan-term trips in 2015 & 2016.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey
Sponsors: Mr. & Mrs. Schooley
Dates: January 2-9, 2020
Cost: $3,800-4,000

Here is your chance to hop on a ferry and travel back and forth between Asia & Europe in one day. Experience the “ancient world” through a visit to the archeological museum of Istanbul, a visit the Ottoman palace where you will witness imperial treasures such as “the staff of Moses” and “beard of Mohammad, the Muslim Prophet”, and experience the “living” with visits to the spice market, a soccer game, and walking the streets of this hustling & bustling city. Mr. and Mrs. Schooley have lived in Istanbul for many years and can’t wait to show you their favorite spots!

Roman France and Italy

Roman France and Italy
Sponsors: Mr. Young & Mrs. Lacy
Provider: WorldStrides
Dates: January 2-10, 2020
Cost: $4,071

Roman France is a richly experiential and educational trip with an ambitiously packed itinerary with cultural and historic sites from the Pont du Gard in Provence and the south of France to Naples, Milan, Pompeii and the treasures of Rome.

Trip enrollment will open in Fall 2019.