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Winterim 2018

February 26 - March 6

Winterim is designed to increase learning opportunities. Students are given a choice between a number of unique opportunities extending beyond the normal high school curriculum. Some travel the world as part of academic and mission trips. Through internships, students are able to experience a profession first-hand before deciding on a college or major. Finally, in the Winterim classroom, students find enriching opportunities in courses not traditionally available. 


Trip descriptions and cost information can be found by clicking on the links below.  Enrolled upper school students wishing to travel as part of Winterim 2018 are encouraged to consider any one of these fantastic opportunities.

We can’t wait to hear all of the amazing stories that will come from these trips!

Winterim 2018 Trip Application

France & Spain

Language students will have the exciting opportunity to use their French and Spanish language skills while visiting the beautiful countries of France and Spain on a 12-day adventure.

Students will explore important historical sites, discover rich diversity and cultural heritage. Students can even opt to receive three college credits through this travel. We will be visiting the D-day beaches of Normandy, an incomparable experience, a former pirate town, Paris, of course, including visits to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Napoleon’s Arch of Triumph and the famous Champs-Élysées. The palace of Versailles will bring history alive as we see the incredible stomping grounds of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. A quick look at the celebrated blue stained glass of Chartres Cathedral will take us on our way to the Loire valley where we will visit two impressionable castles of the French kings. We will also prepare a gourmet dinner together with French chefs!

We will then board the TGV, France’s fast bullet trains, and head further south to sunny Spain where we will visit the seaside town of San Sebastian, then on to the Baroque architecture of Zaragoza, and, finally, to Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona. We will visit the Sagrada Familia cathedral, Casa Milà and Park Güell, Gaudí’s famous architectural sites, as well as the Olympic Stadium. Time permitting, we may visit the Barcelona Soccer Stadium and Museum for those interested in this famous soccer club! What an exciting once-in-a-lifetime experience for our language students!

Trip Leaders are Mrs. Susan Williams, Mr. Edgar Silva and Mrs. Jessica Harrison.

Information Sheet

NEw York City

This trip will focus on the exploration of NYC through visual art, theatre, music and food while also visiting New York’s landmarks and historical places.

The Fine Arts staff of ACA will be working to identify the best experiences for each of the areas of focus. Mr. Panagiotacos will be arranging theatre workshops and Broadway shows. Mrs. Edwards will be researching museums and exhibits to visit. Mr. Aitken will be finding the best places to eat, along with some culinary experiences and workshops.

Trip leaders are Mr. Alex Panagiotacos, Mrs. Jennifer Edwards and Mr. Chris Aitken

Information Sheet

Orlando, Florida

As a team, we will travel by vehicle (bus or van…TBD) to the Orlando, Florida area.

We will aim to play 4 games per team on area baseball fields. We will have daily devotionals and will also have a ministry opportunity during our trip. One day will be spent at the Universal Studios theme park.

JD Chaplain, ACA Varsity Baseball Coach, is the trip leader.


Information Sheet


This Winterim trip will partner with Black Mountain Expeditions and is designed as an experiential learning course, travelling to Patagonia. Instead of reading about Latin culture, we will immerse ourselves in it. Instead of looking at images of the Patagonian peaks, we will hike through them and instead of speculating about the stewardship and results of major land conservation efforts, we will see it firsthand.

Situated in the heart of the Patagonian Lakes District, the Nahuel Huapi National Park comprises a spectacular array of peaks, lakes, Patagonian forest and rivers. Our expedition will take you through some of the most staggering and wild regions of Northern Patagonia combining trekking, kayaking and cultural immersion. 

***No previous camping or kayaking experience is required. Once during the trip, we will be staying in comfortable lodges in remote and unique areas. This will offer a welcome rest after each section.

Mr. Jason Ingle is the trip leader.

Information Sheet

Sri Lanka

This trip will partner with Serve to LEAD and UCFSL (United Christian Fellowship of Sri Lanka) which is an established ministry serving people in poverty throughout the country. We will participate in home repairs, medical and vision clinics, food programs, school supply distribution, and visit a women’s empowerment program supported by UCFSL and Serve to LEAD. We will be traveling throughout the country. Parents / guardians will be given a full itinerary and will be informed of where we are each day. We will fly into Colombo, Sri Lanka and spend a majority of our time working in the fishing villages in Moratuwa. Mid- trip we will travel into the interior of the country and serve around the Kandy area providing medical care and nutrition support to families who work as day laborers in the tea and rubber tree plantations. We will stay in hotels. Drinking water will be provided as the tap water is not safe for consumption. Showers will be available at the hotels.

Trip leader is Jessica Tripp, Executive Director, Serve to LEAD.

Information Sheet



Another exciting part of Winterim is the internship experience. Internship applications will be released in the fall. 


The list of Winterim 2018 classes will be released in the fall.