For more than 30 years, Middle School students and teachers have spent the four days before spring break engaged in a concentrated exploration of an area of interest outside the classroom—and sometimes outside the city or even the country.

In New Orleans, students learned about challenges the city faces and ways it has found to thrive in the wake of disaster. They also got to experience beignets, beautiful architecture, and the live music scene!

Many hands made light work at Red Wiggler Community Farm in Germantown, Maryland, as 5th and 6th graders planted a whopping 3,814 seedlings, prepared garden beds, and removed invasive plants from trees.

Students can elect to take on an apprenticeship during Minimester. These exciting opportunities augment learning in a field of the student’s interest.

Many students participate in local programs, such as service projects with our community partners, apprenticeships with professionals, and internships with Lower School teachers. Older students have a chance to travel to a range of domestic and international destinations.

Minimester exposes students and their peers to new ideas and experiences under the guidance of their teachers. Students at this age often thrive under this break in routine and enjoy the chance to try something new. At its core, Minimester provides an opportunity for experiential learning that complements the learning taking place every day in the classroom.