What is Winterterm?

Each year, St. Thomas Aquinas High School meets winter head-on with its formidable Winterterm Program of Studies. We are blessed and fortunate to have professionals within our community who support education and allow our school to advance your education in unique and awe-inspiring ways.

Our mission statement reminds us that St. Thomas Aquinas High School transforms the lives of our students through Catholic education, an education that offers them the opportunity to develop their unique gifts. Winterterm affords our young men and women the chance to widen their learning horizons, step outside of the traditional instructional atmosphere and pursue an area that interests them intellectually.

With Winterterm, students receive an invitation to challenge their minds, support their passion and transform their perception of learning so that they may fully embrace what promises to be a remarkable educational experience.

Purpose and Scope

Kaleidoscopic in its array of offerings, Winterterm provides meaningful and enriching education experiences for STA students. The single course structure allows students and faculty to bond and work more closely than they do in regular classes. Students may devote their time and attention to a singular area of study where they can engage in academic topics that are not typically offered in the regular semester curriculum.


The enhanced intellectual spectrum embraces not only faculty and staff but also alumni, parents and area professionals who seek to participate as instructors. In the past, Winterterm programming has offered courses in Japanese Culture, Astronomy, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Financial Management, Scuba Diving, Model United Nations and Winter Survival Skills. The 2016 Winterterm program offers St. Thomas Aquinas High School students a pedagogical palette of colorful learning opportunities, the kind of which is generally found only on college campuses or as part of international study.

Students are encouraged to consider their personal area of interest and knowledge and stretch themselves to new heights. The St. Thomas Aquinas Winterterm curriculum is extraordinary.

As ever, St. Thomas Aquinas Students: Aim High. Soar Higher.

Program of Studies

Click to download 2017 Winterterm Program of Studies