H-Term is a six-week program that allows students to explore selected topics by form. Students will explore topics through classroom instruction, group discussion, guest speakers (e.g., alumni, parents, faculty emeriti, etc.), and projects that support practical application of the concepts being taught. The course will culminate with a final project and reporting out of lessons learned.

Students who alternatively wish to pursue an independent project, internship, or job, may submit a proposal to the H-Term Committee by emailing Mrs. Murphy (jmurphy@thehill.org) by Friday, October 23. The proposal should include the following:

  • Detailed information about responsibilities, objectives, rationale, and connection to H-term theme of student's form (encouraged).
  • Expectation of hours and supervision.
  • Name of Hill faculty or staff member who has agreed to serve as a liaison.
  • Contact information for on-site supervisor.

H-Term provides the flexibility to explore topics of interest, as demonstrated by the course catalog following each section.  Additional courses will be added as suggested and confirmed by faculty and students.

Note:  The primary reliance on coursework is due to the current restraints presented by COVID-19.  If continued in future years, the emphasis of H-Term will shift to experiential learning, internships, and travel programs.  This year, students will be encouraged/permitted to explore these options as it is determined to be safe to do so.

Course Guidelines

Course Structure

  • The expectation is that there should be about two hours of work per day,  four days per week.
  • The first week should have about 50% synchronous and 50% asynchronous time; flexible after that but there should be at least some synchronous time each week.
  • Teachers should choose the time they want to offer class and it should be either between 8-11 a.m. or 7-10 p.m.
  • The final evaluation will be a summative paragraph from the teacher and a student reflection.

Comments and Reflections

Each course proposal will outline clear expectations for student reflection and course instructor comments.


After weeks two and four, the instructor will alert the Academic Office/H-Term Committee, student, and student adviser whether the student is on track to complete the program or not.  At the conclusion of the program, the program instructor will craft a brief (one paragraph) reflection on the learning, growth, and production of that student.  


After weeks three and six, students will provide a brief (one paragraph) reflection on what they have learned and done thus far, focusing on the process.  The program instructor will use these reflections to shape the final comment