In addition to traditional academic studies, each Williams high-schooler must participate in eight two-week intensive field study courses. Each “intersession” course includes vigorous academic requirements paired with hands-on learning experiences, often including travel and/or community service. Each grade level has one required intersession in the fall and one elective intersession in the spring.
Students receive 0.5 credits for each intersession, and passing all eight is required in order to receive a diploma. Spring intersessions vary by year and are offered based on student choice as well as instructor preference.
Fall Intersession Themes
- Freshman: Odyssey: A Rite of Passage
- Sophomore: Servant Leadership
- Junior: The Temporal Path: Finding Your Way
- Senior: The Heroic Journey