January Term is an innovative curriculum feature new to Layton Christian Academy. Modeled after the college January Term concept, LCA’s January Term is designed to increase learning opportunities for students beyond the academic curriculum. Students are given several classes to choose from each January Term. Some classes may include travel on educational and/or mission trips. Juniors and seniors may enroll in work internships during January Term. LCA will help students arrange internships locally or in other parts of the country or world.
January Term is scheduled between the first and second semester. The January Term school day is divided into two sessions, and one course is taken in each session. The morning sessions run from 8:30-11:30 a.m., and the afternoon sessions run from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Longer class periods allow students to take classes that normally could not be offered during the regular school day. Classes normally focus on practical topics involving hands-on participation. Students should check course descriptions carefully to select classes suited for their interests and abilities. Students traveling on educational and mission trips during January Term will usually take a week-long trip. Students doing internships for their January Term will normally work their internships for full days.
All courses, internships, and trips earn academic credit. All students are required to earn one full January Term credit per year to fulfill graduation requirements. January Term courses do not count toward fulfilling non-January Term graduation requirements.
Registration for Classes
Since each January Term class can only accommodate a fixed number of students, registration preference is first given to seniors, then juniors, then sophomores, and then freshmen unless a course is geared to a specific grade level or specific student group. Students must select their first four preferences in case a particular class is full. Course offerings are released each fall, with the course selection sheet due on an announced date later in the fall.
Registration for Trips
Trips for January Term are announced in the spring or early fall and may require separate registration prior to the January Term class registration deadline.
Students and parents should consult with the high school principal and counselor as they explore internship possibilities. All internships must be approved by the high school principal.
The teaching faculty for January term consists of LCA instructors and specially-selected visiting instructors. The visiting instructors are accomplished in their fields of instruction. For example, a medical class may be taught by a practicing physician.
Typical J-Term Classes
Below are examples of typical January term classes. Classes are offered based on the availability of instructors and on student interest.
* Medical Practicum
* Marine Biology
* Film Criticism
* Ice Skating
* Self Defense
* Sports Medicine
* Aerospace Engineering
* Community Service
* Business Marketing
* Interior Design
* New York Trip (cultural study)
* Yellowstone Trip (science study)