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As an interim between the first and second semesters for high school, January Term (J-Term) is a two-week concentrated program of academic and creative courses. The session is a time for students to explore new classes beyond the standard college-prep and Advanced Placement curriculum. 

Overview & Curriculum

Students take two three-hour classes or complete a career-specific internship, earning graduation credit that appears on their high school transcripts. Juniors and seniors may opt to serve in a career exploration internship in any approved field. At the close of J-Term, the high school campus visits the Santa Cruz mountains for team-building exercises, discipleship, and community-enriching experiences. The retreat is chaperoned by FCS high school staff and leaders, as well as Harbor Light pastors. 


The primary objectives of J-Term are to encourage new relationships and student engagement in specialized and concentrated study, preferably in an area of interest. FCS incorporates our Expected Student Outcomes (ESOs, or core values) into everything we do. We want students to grow in mind, body, spirit, and sense of community. J-Term is planned to support all four of these values in a concentrated way.


As registration occurs, we consider elements of class dynamic in order to serve the school objectives for this program. Also, very popular courses have more requests than can be met. Occasionally, a student may be asked to take additional courses after the regular sign-up date. Ultimately, we make course assignments that we believe best serve school objectives. This means that we will not always be able to accommodate every student's initial choices and will not be able to make changes to student schedules once J-Term scheduling is over.

For info about the most current J-Term, view our course guide.

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