May Term

Taking place near the close of the academic year, May Term (formerly JTerm) is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary program that allows EA’s Upper School students to experience engaging, rigorous courses in great depth.


May Term (formerly JTerm) is a two-week academic program in which students and teachers explore a diversity of innovative topics in great depth. Every day, we will highlight a few moments from May Term in our May Term Minute.

To celebrate the fifth year of this groundbreaking, two-week academic program, we will select five moments to feature each day.

Class Blogs

Experience May Term (formerly JTerm) through the eyes of teachers and students by exploring individual class blogs and social media accounts.


CSI@EA Twitter


Cuba: Instagram

Galapagos: Instagram

Greece: Site

Italy/Prague: Site

Jamaica: Instagram

World Wars: Blog


Writing, Directing, Performing One Act Plays: Twitter

Learning to Lead: Twitter

The Power and Purpose of Community Organizations: Instagram

About May Term

During May Term's two-week span, each student enrolls in only one course and learns a subject area through intensive, experiential on- and off-campus study. This may include day trips, guest speakers, hands-on work, and international travel.

May Term offers students the chance to develop and broaden skills, talents, and interests. However, it also gives students the opportunity to bridge between subjects, gain appreciation for a new field, and experience learning in a new way.

Developing New Passions

With more than 30 courses offered across the natural and social sciences, arts, humanities, and service, May Term offers learning experiences that are sure to inspire students of every interest and passion.

May Term's interdisciplinary classes bridge the gap between seemingly different subject areas. Students refine culinary skills through studying chemistry, explore theatre technology through mastering physics, and learn about culture through analyzing economics. Courses are custom-designed by faculty of varying disciplines and backgrounds.

Exploring Beyond the Classroom

In May Term, students learn through experience. From studying Matisse at the Museum of Modern Art, to unpacking financial literacy on Wall Street, to learning about locally produced foods at family farms, students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in a subject through venturing off campus.

International May Term courses provide students with the opportunity to embark on life-changing learning experiences around the world. Service trips to Jamaica and South Africa help create positive change in economically challenged areas, while educational tours of Florence and the Galapagos enable students to experience history where it happened and explore science up close.

Building Community

May Term is an opportunity for the entire Episcopal Academy community to come together in the spirit of learning. Students present their final projects to their peers in other classes, teachers and students work together on engaging topics, and Middle and Lower School students are routinely invited to participate in interactive May Term lessons.

Episcopal alumni and parents are also integral to the success of May Term. Experts from a diversity of industries act as guest speakers, instructors, or judges, providing students with real-world perspective and inspiring feedback. In 2015, students learned from journalists, CEOs, restauranteurs, scientists, and more.