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At Hun, we are committed to helping students discover their passions and experience the power they have to affect change.

NextTerm is RELEVANT: NextTerm is a unique intellectual opportunity for students to explore real world issues first-hand. Kids want their work to matter. NextTerm courses engage students in new ways because they involve them in solutions-based projects that are relevant and have real impact.

NextTerm is IMMERSIVE: The structure and timing of the program – one class for three weeks - allows students to take academic risks and explore new passions. It expands the calendar and their capacity for an impactful and memorable experiences.

NextTerm is TRANSFORMATIVE: When students get their hands dirty (sometimes literally) an academic experience has real staying power.

NextMetro Courses

city street
The NextMetro city experience for all freshmen uses metro areas near Princeton, including Trenton, New York, and Philadelphia as classrooms. In small groups, 9th grade students will utilize 21st-century skills to create a meaningful contribution to the larger community. 

Migration and American Identity

barb wire
How does migration shape our cultural identity in this dynamic and highly globalized world?
Students investigate how migration informs and shapes American identity. 

Travel: Arizona and Mexico

Castles Made of Sand: Exploring Ghana

Cape coast, Ghana
How has the desire for resources impacted the development of Africa over time? Considering Ghana as a case study, how do governmental instability and external global forces impact the economic, social, and environmental development of a country?
Travel: Ghana

Can You Hear Me Now: Un-silencing the Voices in French History

What place does the ‘other’ occupy in French history, society, culture, and memory? This course examines France’s treatment of minorities during World War II (1939-1945), the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962), and the present day through an examination of internment camps, statues, cemeteries, commemorative plaques, and museums. 

Travel: France

Commemorating History

statue of liberty
How are contested aspects of our national history manifested in the ways we commemorate the past in Princeton? This course investigates the recent “monuments” debate as it pertains to cities nearby Princeton, New Jersey. 

Travel: Washington, D.C.; Richmond, VA.; Princeton area; Philadelphia, P.A.; and New York City

What's Your Story? The Art of Storytelling

students talking
Everyone has a story. Students in this course will learn how sharing our stories with others and listening to theirs helps us make sense of our world and the events that shape us. 
Travel: New York City and Philadelphia

Photographing our Steps: A Wilderness Adventure

people hiking
Can hiking inspire us to connect more deeply with nature and create expressive photographs that reflect that experience? Students in this course will learn about the history and design of the parks in our area.
Travel: New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Living in New Jersey: Environment, Ecology, and Conservation

book about flora
What are the relationships between organisms and their environment? How can change in one part of your environment (ecosystem) affect changes in other parts of the environment with a focus on New Jersey? This course focuses on the ecological components of Central New Jersey through data collection, inventory and analysis of the flora and fauna in our area. Students work with leading naturalists/scientists from Princeton University, Rutgers University, and The College of New Jersey. 
Travel: New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Cooking and Culture in Global New Jersey

man cooking
How do the diverse culinary practices of the Hispanic communities in New Jersey reflect their history, culture, and current challenges? Students in this class will explore Latin American culinary arts. 
Travel: Princeton

Creating Your Best Self: Mindfulness and Nature

students doing yoga
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver. Students in this course will study and practice mindfulness-based meditation and stress reduction techniques. Students will journal, complete a Life Stress Test, learn diaphragmatic breathing, explore mindful activities, meditate, and learn to identify stressors and coping strategies. 
Travel: New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Walking in MLK’s Footsteps: From Ideas to Action

MLK monument
How is King's philosophy relevant and applicable to today's society? Students in this course will walk in MLK's footsteps. In addition to visiting sites where King spoke and incited powerful change, this program will focus on the history of peaceful resistance, its impact on King, and its relevance today. 
Travel:  Boston, Memphis, Atlanta, or Birmingham

Enjoy the Ride: What Makes the Next Great Thrill Ride

How are mathematics, physics, and psychology used in the design and engineering of amusement park rides? Students in this course research the history of roller coasters; learn the psychology of thrill seeking; and explore the science of ethology. Students work with scientists and engineers to investigate thrill and ultimately design, build, and test their own mini roller coasters.
Travel: New Jersey and Pennsylvania

The Road to 270: Women and Politics

woman shaking hands
How has the role of women in politics changed over time? After an initial review current female office holders, and a brief history of women in political office, students in this course meet elected representatives and their support organizations. 
Travel: New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

Life Today Among Native Americans

Navajo nation
What is the lived experience of American Indians in the United States today, and how can the majority population better understand and support them? Students in this course will learn about American Indians today, their challenges and successes while living among a Navajo tribe. 
Travel: Arizona 

More Than a Pastime: Baseball's Past, Present, and Future

baseballs in grass
What can baseball do to remain an important part of America's culture? Students in this course study the parallels between baseball and American history in chronological sequence to appreciate the impact each had on the other. They also visit and interview local baseball organizations ranging from youth recreational leagues to the front office of professional teams in order to assess current needs and issues facing the sport. Students also work in groups to select a problem baseball faces and to create materials to help address it. 
Travel: New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Lizard People Run Our Country: Debunking Conspiracy Theories

fake news newspaper
How can we combat conspiracy theories and argue against them in a way that is convincing to people who believe in them? Increasingly, Americans conflate the subjective and the objective; thinking and acting as if opinions and feelings are just as true as facts. Students in this course will explore “fake news,” its impact on our country, and learn to navigate a sea of online misinformation to find truth in a postmodern world.
Travel: New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Taking It On the Road: Show Business 101

How does a theatre company prepare a production and then take the show on the road?
This course allows participants the experience of forming an ensemble company and taking a Theatre For A Young Audience (TYA) musical production on the road. 
Travel: Princeton and Trenton

Hitchcock School: A Master Class on the Master of Suspense

Why does the artistry and craftsmanship of Alfred Hitchcock’s film career continue to influence contemporary visual and performing artists, and to what extent does his prominence in the film world of the previous century matter at all in the multi-platform choosing, high-definition downloading, hash tag viewing habits of today’s younger audiences? Students in this course experience the work-- perhaps for the first time-- of one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time, Alfred Hitchcock. 

Travel: Princeton and New York City

Combating Food Insecurity

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Essential Question: In what way does food security impact how we thrive? Days volunteering at food pantries and soup kitchens will help reinforce the ideas and concepts studied, including the science and economics behind food production and distribution, and the effects of food insecurity on an individual’s growth and development.
Travel: Philadelphia and New York City

Into the Open Spaces: America’s National Park Experience

Grand Canyon
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -John Muir
How and why are National Parks essential to the American experience and what role do we play in their stewardship and legacy? Students will collaborate to understand the ecology, history, anthropology, and art of America’s National Parks. We will focus on how humans have impacted the landscapes, ecosystems, flora, and fauna of the Grand Canyon and how that compares with those impacts in Bryce and Zion with a goal of determining our responsibility as stewards of these open landscapes.

Travel: Nevada

NextTerm Coordinators

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“We need something different—something beyond management, whatever the next iteration is. We need leaders, both in organizations and in schools, who create an atmosphere in which people have a sufficient degree of freedom; can move toward mastery on something that matters; and know why they're doing something, not just how to do it.”  

– Daniel Pink, best-selling author and educator
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school.  Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.

176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton, NJ 08540  |  Phone: (609) 921-7600 | Email: admiss@hunschool.org