Welcome to Winter Term!

We're all very excited to be in our fourth Winter Term. As the first college preparatory school in Austin to institute a Winter Term of specialized study - a unique academic, cultural, service, travel, and language immersion program - we're pleased to see how the program has grown. For example, the internship option has burgeoned from 15 participants in 2016 to 53 students this year.
What a great opportunity to be able to do an internship during the school year! Students are currently interning at diverse organizations, such as Hack Studios, Tri-Star Farm, IMES Engineering, Austin Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, IBM, and Beevet Animal Hospital in Austin and as far away as Massachusetts, New York and ChinaWe will be reporting on internship experiences as students send in their journal entries.
Winter Term 2019 travel is comprised of six meaningful opportunities for growth and learning. From our sister school exchanges at Highlands El Encinar in Madrid, Spain and St. Agnes in Angers, France, to Mythology in GreeceMarine Conservation in Galveston, service in Nicaragua and Ecuador, and World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Panamá, students are sure to return with a broader understanding of the wider world. We look forward to sharing their moments and reflections.
For the next three weeks, we will feature news, photos, videos, and all things Winter Term. We hope to report on as much activity as possible to give you and your student an opportunity to enjoy some dinnertime conversation about this exciting program. 
This week, we focus on the many and varied mini-courses on campus. From Personal Finance to Digital Photography, from Printmaking to Shakespeare and Python Programming, our goal is to provide you with coverage that will put you in the center of the activity.
Should you have Winter Term news, videos or photos to share, please let us know. You may send information to communications@smca.com, and we will be delighted to share it.
For program questions, please contact Heidi Sloan, Director of Academics.