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.

Enrollment Dates

Oct. 22 - 25, 2018: Senior class registration
Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2018: Junior class registration
Nov. 5 - 8, 2018: Sophomore class registration
Nov. 12 - 15, 2018: Freshman class registration

Jan Term 2019 Trips


Vietnam: A Case Study on Improving Third World Rural Health
Sponsors: Paul Chan and Coach Knopik
Dates: Jan. 4-13, 2019
Location: Hanoi and Chiem Hoa
Cost: $3,750 to $3,850


Perú: Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu
Dates: Jan. 3-10, 2019
Sponsor: Sra. van Zanten and Mrs. Barnett
Locations: Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu
Cost: $4,200




Belize: An Immersion Experience with Hand in Hand Ministries
Dates: Jan. 1-8, 2019
Sponsors: Mrs. Williams-Griffin and Mrs. Hendricks
Locations: Belize City and Caye Caulker
Cost: $2,900
Info Sheet: Belize Hand in Hand
Daily Schedule: Belize Daily Schedule