Minimester Courses

Behind-the-Wheel Driver’s Education

Class coordinator: Harrington

Driver’s Education begins February 20, 2018, with testing concluding the course March 2, 2018. This course consists of the following:

  • Four hours of classroom instruction each day
  • One and one-half hours of behind-the-wheel instruction each day per two students
  • Car maintenance workshop
  • Field trip
  • Movies about cars with food appropriate for car consumption
  • Car and Driver safety workshop

Students will have completed all requirements to receive their Temporary Driver’s License until they have reached 16 years 3 months and have had a Learner’s Permit for nine months.Temporary License is valid for six months.

Cost: $525
Deposit: $250 due by December 1, 2017; remaining $275 due January 5.

History/Science Theater 2018

Class coordinators: Meaker, Hapgood and Lloyd

Imagine a course taught by a History Guy, a Science & Math Gal, and a Latin Guy (the trifecta: Social Science, Natural Sciences, and the Arts), and you have a Minimester theme about movies across the curriculum. You will get to watch movies and look at them from three very different perspectives:

  • Science—good science from bad
  • History—fact from fiction
  • Myth and Fantasy—sword and sandal!

We will take two trips off campus—one each week. We plan to go to the Science Museum in Richmond followed by a film at the iMax theater. The second outing will be dinner and a show at Short Pump, including a little shopping time.

Cost: $100

It's a Mystery to Me

Class coordinators: Belfield, Brooks and Kelly

  • Riddles
  • Williamsburg Ghost Tour
  • RVA Escape Room: The Lost Jewel
  • On-Campus Activities: Scavenger Hunts, Puzzles, Games, Rock Hunts, Mystery Stories, Movies!

Cost: $200

Next Steps: the College Process

Class Coordinator: Wyant, Director of College Counseling

In this experiential class,students will engage in the following:

  • Assess college interests and academic abilities as a basis for finding your college matches.
  • Debunk college myths and learn to look more closely at colleges using a variety of resources.
  • Learn how colleges make admission decisions.
  • Discuss issues related to college campus life beyond the classroom.
  • Create an academic resume and a sample college application with an essay.
  • Experience life on campus by visiting colleges that vary by type, size, location and selectivity.

Cost: $600; covers all class materials and college tour expenses. Parents/guardians, please sign and return the Class Permission and Agreement Page and send a $300 deposit by December 1, 2017. The remainder is due by January 12, 2018.

Details: Students must be willing to participate in every activity to join this class.

Additional requirements:

  • This course requires 1½ hours of independent daily work outside of class.
  • Students taking this class will travel to visit colleges.
  • During college campus visits, students must dress to impress and positively represent themselves and St. Margaret’s School.

New York: The Greatest City in the World (THIS TRIP IS FULL)

Leaders: Parker and Burckbuchler

New York City has a rich history. The city, a Native American hub, a Dutch trading port, a temporary capital of the United States, the cultural, financial, and fashion center of the universe, seems to inspire artists, thinkers, believers, and doers.

In this course, students will learn about the city’s storied past and some of its significant landmarks. During the first half of the course, we will learn on campus, exploring literature, cuisine, film, music, architecture, fashion, history, and advertising.

We will also study the social mores and diversity of this vibrant city. In the second week, students will travel by train to New York City and experience some of what they have learned, creating video journals of their experience.

We plan to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The American Museum of Natural History, the New York Public Library, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the 9-11 Memorial, Central Park, and Times Square.

Of course, no trip to the “greatest city in the world” would be complete without a trip to Broadway. While we hope to get tickets to Hamilton, costs and availability may be tricky. We will, however, see a Broadway show

Estimated cost: Between $1500-$1800 (plus spending money) The class limit is eight students.

Deposit: $750.00