Expand Horizons, Follow Passions, Learn by Doing


Experiential Learning

Endterm is a three-week period at the end of each school year devoted to experiential learning and a time for students to pursue their passions and explore their creativity. During a recent Endterm, Waring students built a skiff, interviewed political candidates, created video games, wrote novellas, sewed rompers, travelled to Canada, designed theater sets, programmed robots, studied the World Cup, recreated historical photographs, and pondered the good life.

Expand your horizons. Follow your passions

  • Explore new curiosities or develop known interests in small, mixed-aged groups with 2-3 faculty mentors
  • Learn skills and engage in activities that build on and transfer to the larger Waring program
  • Find connections between disciplines and travel off campus
2019 Endterm Offerings
  • 1. “Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers:” Shakespeare and Cooking
    Students in this Endterm will put on a 60-70 minute production of either Henry IV Part I or Much Ado About Nothing. At our first meeting, we will make a final choice of which production we will perform. Most of our time and energy will go into creating a production of the comedy or history. We will act, dance, sing, design costumes, and build a set. We also plan to prepare meals for each other two or three times a week. We will attend a live production of Romeo and Juliet on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00am, at the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in residence at Babson College in Wellesley. For that day only, we will leave Waring at 7:00 AM. Tim Averill, Tiffany Baxter, Tiffany Soucy, Alice Sullivan, Josh Webb.
  • 2. Art and Ecology fosters creativity and intellectual inquiry: En Plein Air

    This studio-intensive Endterm will explore a variety of art practices: oil painting, digital photography, pinhole photography, cyanotype prints, and printmaking. We will also learn about our local and rich environments and be active. Thinking about the intersection of both art and our environments, we may choose topics to illustrate and/or film to present to a broader audience. We will read, observe, and write. There will be day trips to museums, libraries, artist studios, galleries, and we will meet with educators and scientists. We will leave Tuesday, June 4 for two nights in Fitzwilliam, NH, returning Thursday June 6. We will hike and make copious visual recordings. Additional fee for supplies and overnight: $70. Stéphanie Williams, Ellie Wright.

  • 3. Sew Wearing
    Welcome, fashionistas! Do you love creating? Do you love fabrics? Do you love clothes? Do you love anything handmade? We are going back in time and making our own clothes, modifying existing outfits to reuse them, making what we SEW desire buying. Have a look at your current outfit, wouldn't it be cool if you had made it yourself? Think of that perfect pair of pants that you tried on...if only they had been...shorter, longer, bigger here, smaller there... then, you would have bought them! Why buy perfection when you can make perfection? How about gloves, bags, sachets, towels, napkins? The list goes on... If you can imagine it made out of fabric, then you can sew it. Sew Wearing: 3 weeks, 3 patterns, 3 off-campus excursions, infinite items to add to your creative, personal, nobody-else-owns-it collection!  Sewing machine required. If this is a concern, please contact us. Additional cost of $20 for materials. Sarah Carlson-Lier, Anna Marie Smith, Bonnie Corrigan.
  • 4. Women’s Soccer In America

    This Endterm will dive into the history of women’s soccer in America from the youth game through the professional game. We will explore how players work their way up through the ranks to become a player for the United States National Team. This will take shape through understanding/experiencing the youth, college, and pro soccer systems in America. We will visit local club and college programs (Boston University, St. Anselm’s College, and Endicott College) where we will interview coaches and players to get their perspective on different facets of their games as well as utilize multiple documentaries that will give us firsthand information from both a professional coach and players’ perspective. We will explore the business side of what it takes to run a women’s professional team, creating a budget consisting of what we can make off of food and souvenirs to players’ salaries. We will prepare for and watch Argentina vs. Japan, USA vs. Thailand, Germany vs. Spain, and Australia vs. Brazil. We will read When Nobody Was Watching, an autobiography by USA National Team Captain, Carli Lloyd. We plan to be active throughout Endterm, bike-riding, walking and playing soccer. $150 extra for potential overnight travel. Mike Kersker, John Wigglesworth.

  • 5. Welcome Home!

    Homes are not just houses - they are where life happens. Together we will explore the several notions of home: home as a word, a concept, a space, a feeling, a dream, a design, a shelter, and a place of belonging, safety, and reflection. We want to discover what our homes say about who we are: are they physical manifestations of our personalities? Do they allow for self-expression? What does home mean to us? How do our homes allow us to live our lives? Does the perfect backsplash matter? And what about the possessions within our homes? If something is broken, we will learn to fix it. We will explore both indoor and outdoor spaces, visit historical homes in the area, practice DIY skills, interview architects, interior designers, and laborers, and volunteer to help those who are home insecure. We will be imagining our dream spaces and figuring out how to make our current spaces reflect those dreams. We will read, write, sketch, and create. We are laying out our welcome mat for you: please join us!  Elizabeth Gutterman, Colleen Jenkins, Meg Ferguson Sauder, Rich Stomberg.

  • 6. Walking with Friends
    Walking with Friends is a unique opportunity to connect with others through connecting with nature. We will read from a library of thematically-connected books, write every day and share our writing, and sketch our observations. During this Endterm students and teachers will walk/hike together through the most beautiful conservation lands of the North Shore. We will make fire, drink tea, share lunch, share secrets and ideas, and laugh a lot. Each day will be centered on the experience of exploring natural places together and learning about and discussing friendship, community, stewardship, sustainability, and the interconnectedness of all things. Our library will give us the means of seeing our experience in light of stories, philosophy, poems, essays, and visual art. This 13-day adventure will likely be rigorous, challenging, scary, frustrating, hot, sweaty, itchy, painful, thought-provoking, reflective, and consciousness-expanding. Luckily we will have each other to share the experience with and to make this moment as meaningful and rewarding as life ought to be. Cory Grant, Joshua Scott-Fishburn, Jill Sullivan.
  • 7. Robotics 2019, an Introduction to EV3 Robotics

    The purpose of this Endterm is to study robotics in an active, hands-on way. We will use software created by Carnegie Mellon, along with other EV3 tutorials, in order to teach the students how to program LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. Each unit will be based on hands-on challenges. Students will also learn how to use 3D modeling software so that they can 3D print unique parts for their robots. This may also include designing and making molds for silicon soft robotics parts. Students will also learn how to use the Cricut machine to create stencils and other 2D elements. For example, they could create team T-shirts, buttons, or stickers. We will culminate in a challenge, or a robotics game, in which the students, working in teams, will build and then program a purpose-built EV3 unit that uses 3D printed parts of their design, to accomplish a task or win the game. As we move closer to Endterm the nature of this challenge, or game, will be determined, likely in consultation with the members of the group.  Not for students who have done robotics before this Endterm. Francis Schaeffer, Tim Te, Anton Fleissner.

  • 8. The Wild Places: Languages of Landscape

    This Endterm will endeavor to hike every day in all weather and in all kinds of terrain. We will learn to dress to enjoy any kind of weather, since June in New England usually brings a full range, and learn how to pack a pack for a day or a week. We will also reflect--through reading, writing, watercolor, and sketch--on our relationship to the landscapes we walk in and through. As part of getting to know the landscapes we walk through, we will learn to identity flora and fauna using field guides. We will incorporate community service, possibly a day working with The Food Project in Lynn. We will take an extended overnight backpacking trip (4 days, June 4-7) in the White Mountains and will stay in Appalachian Mountain Club huts. Our guiding questions will be: how does the language we use to describe a place affect our relationship to it? When do words help us convey our experience of a particular place? When do words feel unhelpful or insufficient? We may investigate the place names that surround us and learn their histories. How did these names get attached to these places? Why is it called the Annisquam River? Why Wingaersheek Beach? We will read authors who ask themselves this question: Henry David Thoreau, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez, Nan Shepherd, Robert Macfarlane, Cheryl Strayed, and Jack Turner. $375 additional supplement for AMC rental. Kyra Morris, Edith Fouser.

  • 9. Independent Endterm
    If you have an idea that fits into the time of Endterm and you have a sponsor who will both supervise and evaluate your project, then speak with Becky before March 5 and fill out the forms necessary for an independent experience. You must list Independent Endterm as your first choice and put a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th choice as backup just in case your independent proposal doesn’t work out. You.

Eight Reasons Why Endterm Rocks

What makes it great? Why does it fit Waring’s core philosophy?

In their own words, eight Waring students explain why:

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1. Follow your passion “If it’s something that you really like, that you’re passionate about, you’re able to do that thing every single day, all day, for three weeks. Having more time to focus on your passion–it feels really good to be able to get it all out.” - Kira Baxter '22

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2. Learn with professionals “We had this chance to go and use Harvard’s machines in labs that so many people want to go to. We got to go there as high school and middle school students. It was a really unique opportunity.” - Phoebe Holz '20

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3. Work as a team “You don’t see all the progress that has been done in one day because you’re just focused on your one part. But at the end of the day, when we put everything together, you can really see the boat coming to shape. It’s a super cool experience because it’s not just you building a boat. It’s a group of people working together to build a boat.  - Cole Ferguson Sauder '21

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4. Develop new skills “In regular school, you’re working for one hour on humanities, an hour on writing or math, but now, during Endterm, it’s one category for the entire three weeks. It’s really fun to see yourself develop in that field a lot in just a short time.” - Benny Weedon '20

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5. More experiences, less tests “Instead of ending with finals or more classes, we end class early and have this intensive, which I think is very Waring. Instead of ending with a bunch of standardized tests, we focus in on a different topic and you can go explore it.” - Henry Symes '20

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6. Learn by doing “We try and figure it out on our own. They let us make mistakes and let us learn from them. It’s a really awesome way for me to learn, and it’s taught me that in the future, when I want to teach people things, this is a really awesome way to do it. - Claire Rhyneer '21

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7. Discover new talents “When I was in sixth grade and just starting Waring, I was very tentative to try anything artsy, but Endterm helped me discover my strengths and interests. I realized there was a lot more to art than just black and white pencil. I realized my strength was actually poetry and watercolor. Knowing that made me realize that there is a lot more to art and writing that I had no clue about and that I might actually be very talented in.” - Ilaria Bardini '20

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8. Promote camaraderie between groups “Endterm is mixed age in a similar way to Tutorial. It’s to promote camaraderie between a sixth grader and say a sophomore... It’s only in these settings that a sixth grader could get critiqued on their work by a freshman – or the other way around.” - Campbell Boisvert '20