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 course selection sheet must be filled out in its entirety including first, second and third choices for each period. A parent signature is required on the form.

Students doing approved Independent Study or Community Service Projects must fill out a selection sheet and indicate those projects in the appropriate blanks.

Completed and signed course enrollment sheets are due to the front office by the end of the day of the enrollment date to ensure priority enrollment. Course selection sheets cannot be turned in prior to the enrollment date. Juniors, sophomores and freshmen must check the course catalog for closed courses prior to submitting their class selection form. Students may not register for a closed course.

January Interim Important Dates

Oct. 23 - 26, 2018: Senior class registration
Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2018: Junior class registration
Nov. 6 - 9, 2018: Sophomore class registration
Nov. 13 - 16, 2018: Freshman class registration

January Interim 2018 Catalogue

Click here for the 2018 January Interim course catalogue.

Jan Term 2018 Trips


Dates: Dec. 27, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
Location: Chengdu
Cost: $3,700


Dates: Dec. 29, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
Sponsor: Paul Chan
Locations: Tikal, Antigua, & Lake Atitlan
Cost: $2,500 - $3,100 (depending on whether group visits ruins in Tikal)


Dates: Dec. 28, 2017 - Jan. 5, 2018
Sponsors: Jim Young, Nancy Lacy
Locations: Naples & Rome
Cost: $3,614