Upper Schoolers at Charles Wright Academy spend a week participating in the annual experiential education tradition known as Winterim.
Hundreds of students chose one of 27 course offerings ranging from local service learning opportunities to outdoor education hikes to international travel and cultural exchange programs. The goal of these courses is to provide Upper Schoolers with the opportunity to be introduced to a new skill, culture, language, or perspective outside of the classroom. Charles Wright alumna, Caitlin Mahan, reflects on her experience traveling on Winterim trips during her time at Charles Wright.
“I learned very quickly that there is no better way to learn about the world than exposure in other countries. The random facts or general knowledge I have gained through my travels will impact my life forever because it has greatly increased my ability to communicate with people from all over the world no matter their age or background. “
Students have historically participated in various activities such as on-campus series in cooking and grilling; international excursions to Costa Rica, Japan, and Spain; treks through Joshua Tree and Havasu; explorations of our weird and wacky PNW backyard; lessons in baking, glassblowing, and screen printing; service learning with the Boys & Girls Club and local food banks; explorations of cinema, science fiction, and comic-book cover designs; and so much more.