Hampshire Country School Begins New Year with J-Term
Hampshire Country School (HCS) students returned from the holiday break to the school’s inaugural January Term or “J-Term.” For three weeks, students focus on one course for the morning academic block. Afternoons will include more alpine skiing, extra time to complete work from morning classes, and regular music lessons. Each course is led by two faculty members who may not typically be in the classroom setting, adding a layer of novelty and unique engagement between students and teachers.
HCS chose to add a J-Term this year to create both a softer landing into the school routine and to open up more time for physical activity during the shortest days of winter. Serving a predominantly twice exceptional student profile, transitions can be exceptionally challenging for HCS students. The switch from at-home holiday mode to the more rigid demands of a boarding school schedule can stall momentum and engagement in learning. The challenges of reintegrating into routines of residential life can be amplified by fatigue from the executive function and social demands students have navigated throughout the day. The new J-Term will offer rigorous academic demands in a shorter, more focused, and fun format.
For this J-Term, HCS is offering 4 courses: Marine Ecology, Tabletop Role Playing Game Design, Theater, and Winter Survival. All courses end with a culminating event or product. Marine Ecology students will complete their third week at the Forfar Field Station on the Andros Island of the Bahamas practicing research skills in multiple habitats. Game Design will host an activity during which games will be shared and tested with all students. Theater students will share a performance as a Sunday evening forum presentation, and Winter Survival will culminate with an overnight expedition in outdoor shelters built during the course.
Students and faculty are excited and energized by this new possibility and the opportunity for more lighthearted learning and more time for fun in the snow.
About Hampshire Country School
Hampshire Country School is a Place of Possibilities for up to 20 high-ability, neurodivergent boys entering upper elementary or middle school. The nonprofit boarding school and Timbertop summer camp programs offer understanding, light-heartedness, and structure to educate boys in a family-style, supportive, and calming learning community. Our nearly 2,000-acre campus and working farm in southern New Hampshire allow for plenty of time and space for students to learn and grow at their own pace.