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West Sound Academy’s academic semesters end mid-May, so all West Sound Academy students participate in June Term during the last three weeks of the school year. June Term also provides students an opportunity to opt-in to an international or domestic experiential learning trip called a June TREC (Travel, Rethink, Explore, Connect).

During June Term, students study one or two intensive classes for three weeks. June Term provides a forum where students put the academic skills they have been building into practical application. Students enroll in either a morning and afternoon June Term class or an all-day June Term class. Students are graded and earn 0.25 elective credits for a half-day June Term class or 0.5 elective credits for an all-day June Term class.

Full-day June term courses consume the entire school day, so students are enrolled in just one course.

Full-Half Day courses are available as a morning, afternoon, or full-day option.

Half Day courses are available as a morning, afternoon, or full-day option.

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Ethnobotany and the Art of Nature

In this course, you will explore how humans and nature are intertwined, not only for food and medicine, but also through creative, cultural, and spiritual practices. You can expect to learn about plant anatomy and functions, and identify local native plants and their uses, including their medicinal properties. Additionally, you will spend time outdoors and…

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Extremism, Violence, and Radicalization

*This course is taught by a graduate of WSA who is an Honours History/Writing student at the University of Victoria specializing in research regarding paramilitary extremism. This course aims to help students become conversant in topics relating to political and military extremism. While examining these subjects in a variety of historical contexts, this course primarily…

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Forensic Science

“I tend not to believe people. People lie. The evidence doesn’t lie.” — Gil Grissom, CSI Follow the evidence!  Use forensic science techniques and problem solving skills to process mock crime scenes.  We will practice hair analysis, blood typing and studies of blood spatter patterns, fingerprints, footprints, and other data analysis techniques. We will consider…

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History of Grunge Podcast Series

In the early 1990s, Seattle was the center of the pop music world.  Bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam dominated MTV and radio, and the thrift-shop, slacker style of grunge fashion spread far beyond the Pacific Northwest.  Join us as we create a podcast series about the music that defined a generation and the…

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Independent June Term

A student can propose an Independent June Term course of study for half the day. The student must indicate their intention in the form below and in an Independent June Term course proposal – available on our website on the June Term page. All independent June Term course proposals must include a designated adult supervisor…

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June Tunes

June Tunes is an all day music ensemble course with the goal of a live performance on June 10th. This year the students will also get the experience of recording one original composition at London Bridge Studios in Shoreline on June 7th. Students who are considering taking this class should have intermediate to advanced experience…

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Live Cinema in Theatre and Filmmaking

Live cinema theatre is a modern installment of multimedia arts where the filming of the performance of dramatic texts becomes the live stage event!  Here, the actors perform before the camera, and all the audio-visual effects are produced and constructed live. Join us and learn how to operate camera equipment, film on location, act for…

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Tea

The World of Tea

Discover ways to make tea, the second most popular drink in the world, a part of your daily life. We’ll sip our way around the world, tasting teas from China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Kenya, and more. Learn what food to pair with which kind of tea. Go beyond an introduction to tea and become a…

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Ultimate Frisbee

This is the ULTIMATE opportunity to learn the skills and rules of competitive frisbee. We’ll play the game, learn about the sport, and explore different options to play with others in the community. If you desire to work as a team and grow your problem-solving skills, this class is for you. This June Term is…

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Full Day

Full-day June term courses consume the entire school day, so students are enrolled in just one course.

Ethnobotany and the Art of Nature

In this course, you will explore how humans and nature are intertwined, not only for food and medicine, but also through creative, cultural, and spiritual practices. You can expect to learn about plant anatomy and functions, and identify local native plants and their uses, including their medicinal properties. Additionally, you will spend time outdoors and…

Read More

History of Grunge Podcast Series

In the early 1990s, Seattle was the center of the pop music world.  Bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam dominated MTV and radio, and the thrift-shop, slacker style of grunge fashion spread far beyond the Pacific Northwest.  Join us as we create a podcast series about the music that defined a generation and the…

Read More

June Tunes

June Tunes is an all day music ensemble course with the goal of a live performance on June 10th. This year the students will also get the experience of recording one original composition at London Bridge Studios in Shoreline on June 7th. Students who are considering taking this class should have intermediate to advanced experience…

Read More

Live Cinema in Theatre and Filmmaking

Live cinema theatre is a modern installment of multimedia arts where the filming of the performance of dramatic texts becomes the live stage event!  Here, the actors perform before the camera, and all the audio-visual effects are produced and constructed live. Join us and learn how to operate camera equipment, film on location, act for…

Read More

Full or Half Day

These courses are available as a morning, afternoon, or full-day option.

Independent June Term

A student can propose an Independent June Term course of study for half the day. The student must indicate their intention in the form below and in an Independent June Term course proposal – available on our website on the June Term page. All independent June Term course proposals must include a designated adult supervisor…

Read More

Ultimate Frisbee

This is the ULTIMATE opportunity to learn the skills and rules of competitive frisbee. We’ll play the game, learn about the sport, and explore different options to play with others in the community. If you desire to work as a team and grow your problem-solving skills, this class is for you. This June Term is…

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Half Day

These courses meet for three hours each day.

Extremism, Violence, and Radicalization

*This course is taught by a graduate of WSA who is an Honours History/Writing student at the University of Victoria specializing in research regarding paramilitary extremism. This course aims to help students become conversant in topics relating to political and military extremism. While examining these subjects in a variety of historical contexts, this course primarily…

Read More

Forensic Science

“I tend not to believe people. People lie. The evidence doesn’t lie.” — Gil Grissom, CSI Follow the evidence!  Use forensic science techniques and problem solving skills to process mock crime scenes.  We will practice hair analysis, blood typing and studies of blood spatter patterns, fingerprints, footprints, and other data analysis techniques. We will consider…

Read More
Tea

The World of Tea

Discover ways to make tea, the second most popular drink in the world, a part of your daily life. We’ll sip our way around the world, tasting teas from China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Kenya, and more. Learn what food to pair with which kind of tea. Go beyond an introduction to tea and become a…

Read More