Another Successful J-Term

Another Successful J-Term

Every January, Dayton Christian high school students hang up their backpacks and ditch their regular classroom schedules for what has become a DC distinctive: J-Term!  For two weeks, students get to delve deep into topics that interest them, take off on a mission or cultural trip, or try something completely new.

“January Term (J-Term) has been a staple of Dayton Christian’s history for many years. It continues to help distinguish Dayton Christian from other schools as we look for innovative ways to partner with our families,” said DCHS Principal James Holliday.

This year, our high school students enjoyed some fantastic opportunities!

  • Students in the Urban Missions class (an annual favorite) ministered to the needy in Dayton at Hope House, Caring Partners, Threads and Matthew 25 Ministries. The twenty-eight students involved in this class served lunch to the homeless, recycled paint to be used by missionaries in Central America, and much more.
  • Fifteen students traveled to Jamaica to work at the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf where they worked on the school’s farm, painted, and completed other tasks to aid the school.
  • During the Dominican Republic trip, twelve students spent their time serving the Fountain of Life Christian School by cleaning, painting, and rebuilding fencing around the school. They also poured concrete for a floor in the home of local single mom.
  • Woodworking was offered for the first time and students finished the course with their own blanket chest.
  • Ultimate Leadership Martial Arts, another new J-term offering, taught students the art of self-defense.

Other students built robots, hiked the city of Dayton, focused on music or art, role-played the Battle of Bunker Hill, and learned about STEM careers.

“I took the Creative Community art class,” said sophomore Hannah Davidson. “It gave us time to work on the long-term project of painting the school mural.”

Sophomore Reed Lloyd took part in the Resounding Joy Tour Workshop. “It was great to be able to take the time to really learn our songs well,” said Lloyd. “As the school’s singing ministry team, that is an important time for us.”

Whether they were learning the essentials of computing or exploring the sights of New York City, all our DCHS agreed on one thing: They love J-Term!