Middle & Upper School Winterim


What is Winterim?

The Banff School Winterim is an innovative curricular feature for students in our Middle and Upper School grades. Modeled after the college January term concept, Winterim is designed to increase learning and community service opportunities. Not only are students given specialty classes to choose from each year beyond the normal, curriculum, they also have the unique opportunity to participate in group community service projects each afternoon. Winterim truly means new opportunities and learning experiences for Banff School students.

Learning Outside the Box

Mornings during Winterim are a time for Banff students to learn an art, skill or technique all while attending a unique class taught by our faculty or community partner. Students choose from multiple course offerings and attend two classes each day.

Giving Back

Winterim days conclude with an afternoon of Community Service. Students spend time at various Houston charities, nursing homes and other community service opportunities, working together to give back to our community. The time spent assisting in these service projects help to educate our students and encourages them to make a positive impact on those around them.


  • Running for Life

  • Cardio Workout

  • Paper Flower Art

  • Tap Dance 101

  • Calligraphy

  • Foreign Culture through the Cinema

  • Line Dancing

  • T-Shirt & Logo Design

  • Intro to Photoshop

  • Speed & Agility Training

  • Intro to Guitar

  • U.S. Military History

  • Improving Vocabulary through Classic Board Games

  • Faith and Feminism

Previous Course Offerings included:

  • How to Crochet

  • America in the Cinema

  • Magic: Theory and Execution

  • Coffee and the Chronicle

  • Cupcake Baking & Decorating

  • Modern/Popular Dance

  • Zumba: Dance for Fitness!

  • Yoga

  • Computer Game Programming

  • Etiquette 101

  • Classic Card Games & the Math Behind Them

  • College Survival Skills

  • World Religions Comparison

A private, independent, college-preparatory school serving grades PreSchool - 12th grade.

More Information

The Banff School is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation