Intersessions are essential to Everest’s winning educational formula. Held twice each year, Intersessions are four contiguous weeks when both students and teachers focus only on following their own intellectual curiosity, expanding their knowledge, building their skills, and expressing their creativity.
For Students, Intersessions satisfy California elective class requirements and are equivalent to a full semester of elective classwork.
For Faculty, Intersessions pay rich professional development dividends and align with our principle of “do more with less.” None of Intersession’s outstanding teacher development requires a single substitute teacher, even one early release day, or creates any other logistical headache.
Intersession is the time when Everest students participate in their elective classes. In addition, during Intersession, faculty offer extended semesters to work with students who may need extra support to gain mastery in core course requirements. Everest partners with local organizations, leveraging community resources and expertise to deliver programs that include music and theater workshops, technology classes, service learning internships, independent study projects and more. Our Intersession community partners include:
For eight weeks each year – about tenfold the time spent by most public high school teachers – the Everest core faculty convene for intense blocks of professional development. While core classes are suspended as our students pursue their elective interests, Everest faculty focuses on their own continuous learning.
The faculty set the Intersession agenda and lead sections per their areas of expertise as well as utilize outside instructors from nearby universities and coaching organizations. This collaboration refines our focus and aligns our instructional priorities, and we keep abreast of and incorporate educational best practices, refining our curriculum and strengthening classroom management techniques.