Winterim is a hallmark of Harpeth Hall’s innovative curriculum. For three weeks in January, Upper School students step outside of traditional classrooms and participate in experiential learning. Ninth and tenth grade students enroll in a variety of on-campus courses which allow them to pursue interests and develop skills they might not otherwise discover during the traditional school year. Eleventh and twelfth grade students forge their own paths by engaging in internships, academic travel, international exchanges, or independent study. Since 1973, this alternative curriculum has enabled students to learn within their topic of choice, develop wonder in learning, independence of thought, honor in action, and joy in community. 

Read Spring 2018 Hallways feature article, Celebrating 45 years of Winterim.


Winterim for Adults


Cool Courses

Sixty challenging, project-oriented courses are offered on campus to our freshmen and sophomores. In previous years, students designed aquatic robots, explored gender roles in history and literature, discussed the Supreme Court and civil liberties, and created animated short movies.


With more than 100 companies participating in our internship programs, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to explore career interests, to develop decision-making skills, and to gain exposure working in a professional environment, which can ultimately inform their future career choices. Experiences range from hospitals to financial firms to television stations. Internships are offered in Nashville, Washington D.C., and New York City.


Academic Trips

In traveling abroad, students are immersed in cross-cultural experiences and deepen their understanding of the world and the world's needs. Over the years, juniors and seniors have traveled to Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Qatar, Uganda, South Africa, and Spain.

Language Immersion

For students interested in a more intensive language and cultural immersion, Harpeth Hall offers an international exchange with La Maison d'Éducation de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris during Winterim. The host student returns to Harpeth Hall following Winterim to experience our school and culture.

Independent Study

Participation in an independent study project is designed for juniors and seniors who want to pursue intense study in an area of interest.

Meet the Director

Winterim is designed to allow both faculty and students to expand upon the wonderful Harpeth Hall curriculum and explore additional avenues of study, thought, and interests.

- Jacquie Watlington
Winterim & International Exchange Program Director


Jacquie Watlington

Winterim & International Exchange Program Director

BS, Belmont University