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Interterm at SSCA
One of the staples of the SSCA Upper School Experience is Interterm. Interterm is a week-long concentrated, out-of-the classroom period during which students engage issues of faith, leadership, and service. Interterm is typically held during the Spring semester. The Middle School Interterm focuses on leadership and service in history and government. The High School Interterm focuses on faith and service. Interterm occurs every other year and is a required aspect of SSCA’s curriculum.



Grade 6 Interterm: 

During the Grade 6 Interterm, students take a series of day trips into Boston and the surrounding areas. The students see various historical and state government sights, as well as participate in various local service-learning opportunities.


Grades 7-8 Interterm:

The centerpiece of the Grades 7-8 Interterm is the overnight trip to Washington D.C. The students travel by bus to our nation’s capitol where they see the sights of our federal government. Students also participate in local service-learning opportunities.


Update for 2022: A limited number of students in Grades 7 and 8 may opt to participate in the sixth grade day trips to Boston and other regional historical locations. This Boston trip provides parallel ideas and themes of the Washington, D.C. overnight trip.


Grades 9-10 Interterm:

Students in Grades 9-10 participate in a regional (Greater New England) educational and service-learning study. There is an overnight component for this trip, and the destination varies from year to year. In addition, the students participate in local service-learning opportunities.


Update for 2022: For this year, Grades 9-10 will be examining the nature of dissension in American history and culture and assessing when and where dissension is biblical and justified. This group of students will spend the first portion of the week touring sights in the Boston area, while the remainder of the week will be spent in the city of Philadelphia and other locations in southeastern Pennsylvania.  We will have the opportunity to consider dissension in the political, religious, and social realms.  The experience includes pre-reading, journaling and reflection, and facilitated group conversations.


In addition to the Philadelphia trip, students in Grades 9-12 may participate in SSCA’s local environmental education offering, “Creation Care,” as an alternative to New Mexico or Pennsylvania if Covid concerns prevent them from participating in an overnight trip.


Grades 11-12 Interterm:

The flagship interterm experience at SSCA is our Belize trip. Every Interterm, SSCA students, along with faculty and staff, serve along side professionals working in a medical mission facility. The students work hard during this trip – but it ends up being a life-long memory for those who participate.


Update for 2022: We have developed a long and trusting relationship with our missionary counterparts in Belize.  So, when the State Department rated Belize as a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” country, it was with regret that we found ourselves seeking an alternative. For 2022, our students in Grades 11-12 will be learning and ministering among Navajo people in New Mexico! This is an overnight trip where students will be immersed in a deep cultural experience. 


As in the past, students in Grades 9 through 12 may participate in SSCA’s local environmental education offering, “Creation Care,” as an alternative to this overnight trip.


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