The Minimester program gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to examine various professional careers while working with leaders in the community, perform Christian service by volunteering for local agencies which serve the poor, or take part in an international study tour. Advanced Placement and other core classes continue to meet four days per week during Minimester, and all juniors take a college exploration seminar.
Upperclassmen may also choose Christian Service. Through the Minimester Caritas Project, students will spend at least six hours per day either at their place of service or in combination with on-campus class work.
If upperclassmen choose career exploration, they will spend four weeks in a place of business of interest to them; an on-site mentor/supervisor directs and evaluates their work according to a prearranged agreement between the business, student, and school. With the support of the Tulsa community, students are entrusted with responsibility and given an opportunity to see the inner workings of the organization and participate in the process of achievement.
Upperclassmen may also choose international study, spending 10-14 days in one or more foreign countries while accompanied by Cascia Hall faculty and led by expert tour managers and local guides. Expanding the walls of the traditional classroom, these tours give students an appreciation for other cultures and a new perspective on history. International travel increases students’ global awareness, helping them to become more knowledgeable and engaged citizens of the world.
Another option for juniors and seniors is a week-long Mission Trip to Peru. When not travelling, students will continue their required courses and may choose to augment their Minimester with a shortened Career Exploration or Christian Service.