A Week Devoted to Unique Interests and Potential Careers
HCS is committed to helping students discover both who they are and what they love! While we maintain our commitment to a traditional education, we realize that God’s gifts to our children take forms that do not always reveal themselves in traditional classrooms. Thus, we want to provide our students with an opportunity to explore both their unique interests and also potential careers in a more interactive, hands-on environment.
To accomplish this, we set aside one week in January to explore possibilities, cultivate unique talents, and sharpen skills through job shadowing experiences and concentrated electives.
Freshmen & Sophomores
Explore New Opportunities with Elective Classes
For our underclassmen, HCS teachers seek to inspire excellence in new ways; providing classes that hopefully uncover new interests and skills and add a powerful new dimension to our students’ school experience. These students have the opportunity to participate in unique elective courses that are outside the scope of the normal high school curriculum.
The school day during J-Term week is divided into 2 halves: one elective in the morning (8:00-11:10am) and one in the afternoon (11:55am-3:05pm) with lunch in between.All freshmen are required to take a standard orientation course as one of their two electives.
Juniors & Seniors
Experience Real World Careers Through a Job Shadowing Experience
Juniors and seniors head off-campus to investigate potential career fields up close through an internship or job-shadowing experience. Our desire is that the students get a small taste of what the “real work world” is like, providing first-hand exposure which will hopefully aid them in determining a direction for their lives.
While Heritage does provide some support in the process, the responsibility primarily lies with the students to find an internship experience that interests them and to make arrangements with a “mentor” who they can shadow on the job. Depending on the nature of the internship, some students mostly observe, while others are able to take a more active role. We have even had several students receive summer job offers as a result of internship week!
- Observed open heart surgeries and babies being delivered
- Assisted a robotics engineer at NASA in Houston
- Shadowed recording artist Jon McLaughlin
- Created an app for a client of a marketing and design company
- Wrote articles for online publications
- Assisted on the set of a local news cast
- Shadowed an air traffic controller and assisted with maintenance on commercial aircraft
- Traveled to India as part of a medical missions team
- Served as a guide for deep sea fishing trips
- Shadowed IMPD officers and observed a crime lab
- Worked alongside teachers in preschool and elementary classrooms
- Assisted various pastors in local ministry
Participation in the HCS J-Term experience is a graduation requirement for all students.