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Courses Offered 2022

2022 Winterim Course List

  • Out of State Trips (Registration will be in September)

    On the Civil Rights Trail
    Day 1: Jan 2 - Leave from BA to drive to Birmingham, visit sites associated with Birmingham movement, late lunch, drive to Selma to visit Edmund Pettus Bridge, drive to Montgomery, dinner in Montgomery, and spend the night

    Day 2: Jan 3 -Breakfast, Visit Legacy Museum, visit National Memorial for Peace and Justice, late lunch, visit sites associated with Montgomery Bus Boycott, Freedom Rides, march from Selma to Montgomery, spend the night in Montgomery

    Day 3: Jan 4 -breakfast, drive to Atlanta, visit Civil and Human Rights Center, lunch, visit MLK Center, dinner, drive back to BA

    • Sponsor: Mr. Ley Brown
    • Number of participants: 4-6; grades 10-12
    • Cost: $250; due at registration
    • Students will need money for meals

    Hike Grand Canyon and Zion National Park
    Explore Zion National Park, home of Emerald Pools, the Narrows, and the Virgin River. See the sun set over the volcano at Sunset Crater. Enjoy the natural water slides in Oak Creek Canyon at Slide Rock State Park. Grand Canyon, see the layered bands of red rock that reveal years of geological history. Explore mountains of sand at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

    Travel dates: January 1- January 5

    Cost includes: Round Trip Transportation, Hotel Accommodations, All Reservations and Planning, On-Site Tour Coordinators, Meals, All Admissions, Taxes and Gratuities, Medical Insurance, 24-Hour On-Tour Assistance. The students will only need extra funds for souvenirs, snacks and if they choose to check luggage.

    New Orleans
    Kick-off the New Year with a trip to New Orleans. Looking for adventure? Let’s take an airboat ride through the Louisiana Bayou, a jazz cruise on the Mississippi River, and an evening ghost tour through the streets of New Orleans. Need to feed your brain? Let’s visit the Audubon Aquarium, the National World War II Museum, and Mardi Gras World to learn about the traditions of Mardi Gras and make our own Carnival masks. Want to give something back? Let’s spend an afternoon with Common Ground Relief to help with wetland restoration. Just in it for the food? New Orleans has some of the best food on the planet! Join us in the “Big Easy” and “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

    *Please refer to for current COVID-19 guidelines/restrictions. Although vaccines are not required to travel to New Orleans, some activities may be limited without a vaccine or a negative PCR test within 72 hours.

    Travel dates: January 1 – January 5

    Cost includes: Hotel, all transportation, full-time guide, all meals and entrance fees, tips and gratuities.

    • Sponsor: Mrs. Amy Clarke
    • Number of participants: 20-30; grades 10-12
    • Cost: $1400-$1700; $750 due at registration

    Park City & Salt Lake - Utah
    Our first day will feature a visit to Salt Lake City. This will include the possibility of watching a Utah Jazz game (schedule permitting). We will tour the Temple Square, the center of history for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, which encompasses five city blocks of historic sites including the Tabernacle, Church History Museum, Family History Library among other sites. Students will learn about the westward migration of the Mormon people beginning in the 1840s and how this story fits into American history. The remainder of the trip will be in Park City, one of the premiere winter destinations for all things snow related. We will ski/snowboard until you drop. We’ll also visit the Park City Museum which explores its transformation from a mining town to a premier winter destination.

    Travel dates January 1 – January 5.

    Cost includes: airfare, hotel, transportation in town, cost of skiing & rentals, any museums. The quote includes breakfast at the hotel, but not the cost of lunch or dinner.

    Puerto Rico
    Come join us as we explore Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto! This trip will offer an exciting mix of adventure, wildlife, history, and cultural immersion. Highlights of the tour include:

    • Soar through the rainforest on a Zipline Adventure
    • Learn about Puerto Rico’s cultural history and folk legends on your tour of Old San Juan
    • Explore El Yunque - the US's only tropical rainforest
    • Learn from a professional during your "Salsa" dance lessons and workshop
    • Experience the rare phenomenon of bioluminescence on a night bay tour
    • Swim and relax at two of Puerto Rico’s beautiful beaches.
    • Enjoy an eco-boat tour through La Parguera's mangrove cays

    Travel Dates: January 1- January 5

    Cost includes: everything except some tips for tour guides/drivers, souvenirs, checked luggage

    Students will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to traveling to Puerto Rico.

    San Antonio, TX
    If your idea of San Antonio is limited to a stop at the Alamo or a meal on the Riverwalk, it’s time to visit. Texas's second-largest city, San Antonio, is in the midst of a cultural revival, and we are going to experience it all! This trip will include an amazing cruise down the Riverwalk, a visit to the Alamo, a trip to Six Flags over Texas (weather permitting), a trip to see the San Antonio Spurs play, a visit to a cattle ranch where you will ride a Texas Longhorn, and so much more.

    Travel dates: January 2 - January 5

    Cost includes: breakfast and snacks are provided at the hotel and two group dinners

    Yosemite – with a Touch of San Francisco
    That one word conjures up cloud-crowned heights with crested waterfalls tumbling over granite monoliths; of deep valleys with quiet streams following their own path through western pines; of meadows with vast views. Yosemite can be simply described as Iconic Grandeur.

    On our venture we will stop at Bridalveil Fall, the one that Ansel Adams made famous in his shot of Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point. Bridalveil Fall is one of Yosemite’s most iconic waterfalls, probably second only to its big sister, Yosemite Falls, which we will also visit.
    Enjoy views of Yosemite Valley which include Half Dome and El Capitan which soars around 3000 feet above the valley floor. Hike the Mist Trail, Yosemite's signature hike with fabulous views of Nevada fall. Explore Yosemite Village which includes, Ansel Adams Gallery and embark on a thrilling afternoon session of snow tubing. Enjoy a morning snowshoe through Yosemite’s winter wonderland.  Hike the Tuolumne Grove of the giant sequoias, the largest living things on earth.  Walk across the golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and enjoy the iconic San Francisco skyline.

    Travel dates: January 2 - January 5

    Cost includes: Round trip transportation, hotel accommodations, all reservations and planning, motor coach transportation, On-Site tour coordinators, meals, all Admissions, taxes and gratuities, medical insurance, 24-Hour On-Tour assistance.

  • Local/In State/Day Trips (Registration will be in September)

    The following courses will register in fall. Please note: the final price and number of participants is subject to change. However, these numbers will be finalized in August.

    The Art, Craft, and Sport of Boomerangs
    In this session, you will learn how to make, paint, and throw boomerangs from a former U.S. Boomerang Champion (1981). Along the way, we will cover a bit of the history of how returning boomerangs evolved from aboriginal throw sticks, as well as some of the physics of how returning boomerangs work. If all goes well, each participant will actually catch at least one boomerang that they make themselves. This class will involve power tools, paint, and highly specialized athletic skills; therefore, it’s ideal for everyone! Boys and girls in grades 9-12 are welcome. Some basic woodworking skills and a good throwing arm would be helpful, but not necessary. There’s a lot of room for creativity in how boomerangs are shaped and painted, so this session will appeal to both artists and athletes. Those of you who are both will really dig it! On the last day, we’ll have a boomerang tournament (weather permitting) in which you will learn some of the specific events used in regional, national and international boomerang competitions. 

    • Sponsor: Mr. Matt Nygren
    • Number of participants: 10-24; grades 9-12
    • Cost: $105, due at registration

    The Autonomous Vehicle
    Society is getting closer to having fully autonomous vehicles on the roads. To date, almost all new cars in the market have some degree of interacting with its surroundings with the use of various sensors. Self-correcting and braking cars, for our safety, are almost the norm. This course is an introduction to how these sensors are utilized and programmed to respond to the various challenges it encounters.  Students will have a hands-on, minds-on experience on these capabilities in either using an NXP Cup / Intelligent Car Racing kit or an Arduino based robotics kit. The students may take home the Arduino based robotics kit. Depending on Covid-19 pandemic conditions, the course will have a one-day visit at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly plant.

    • Sponsor: Mr. Charles Mamolo
    • Number of participants: 6 to 12, grades 9-12
    • Cost: $100; due at registration
    • Students will be responsible for lunch for two days only

    Best of Nashville
    Spend three days seeing all the best sites (and eating at some of the classic restaurants) of Nashville. Highlights include: Touring history at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the State Capitol, the Governor’s Residence, the Parthenon, and the Belle Meade Plantation; eating at places like “Loveless Café”, “DeSano Pizza” and “Edley’s BBQ”; helping to break out of a room at “The Escape Game”; playing a few rounds at “Top Golf,” and taking a complete behind the scenes tour of Nissan Stadium, including the Titan’s locker room, press boxes…the works!

    • Sponsor: Mr. Tom Cox
    • Number of participants: 15-24; grades 9-12
    • Cost: $180, due at registration

    Choosing to Serve
    Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. - 1 Peter 4:10

    The goals of Choosing to Serve are to give opportunities for students to use their gifts in their community and to open doors for students to serve others in humility and love.

    All participants are required to secure their volunteer position with organizations in Williamson or Davidson counties.  You should plan on volunteering for a minimum of four hours per day, and all work must be concluded by 3:00 PM daily.

    Participants in this program are required to provide their transportation to and from their volunteer sites.

    I am happy to provide a list of organizations as suggestions, but students must be prepared to make all necessary arrangements for their programs.  A deadline for that information will be given in the fall of 2021.

    • Sponsor: Mrs. Lindsay Wade
    • Number of participants: 3-12; grades 10-12
    • Cost: Free
    • Students are responsible for their own transportation

    Coffee, Cocoa & College
    Going to College is a coming of age experience that so many young women yearn for, but in the midst of the excitement, feelings of uncertainty, insecurity and nervousness emerge. We hope to arm young women with tools that will help them be confident in themselves as they look toward college and face newfound questions about their faith, making new friends, sharing a dorm room, navigating the social scene and more. We will use Hanna Seymour’s The College Girl's Survival Guide: 52 Honest, Faith-Filled Answers to Your Biggest Concerns and the movies College Road Trip and God’s Not Dead as part of our conversation. We will also bring in a group of young BA alumnae to share their words of wisdom having traversed the college transition themselves. So please join us for coffee, cocoa and meaningful conversation about college and the experience that lies ahead.

    Connecting with Cultures: Is Your Theology as Big as the City?
    To build community and love each other well, you have to know your community. This course will be a time for our students to learn a little about some of the different cultural communities represented in our BA family. We will focus our attention in Antioch, Brentwood, Franklin and Nashville. This will be a fun learning experience that will include dialogue around our differences as students are paired together to learn together. Our days will be filled with gaming activities which build community and trust.

    The young people will be grouped in teams. Each team will share with one another and then the whole group what they learned that day.  We Grow together as we Know together

    Our activities will focus around Church, Ethnicity, The Arts, and Food

    Cooking Around the World
    All aboard! Embark on a journey for your taste buds at the Sur la Table Cooking School in Brentwood. You and a small group of students will spend three magical mornings learning cooking techniques and preparing delicious meals with a professional chef. To put the cherry on top, you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor! The menu items you make in class will be enjoyed for lunch. Some of the menu items include fresh homemade pasta, Chinese barbeque pork tenderloin, and fresh dumplings, and French croissants.

    • Sponsor: Mrs. Tessa Tiner
    • Number of participants: 6-8, grades 9-12
    • Cost: $350 due at registration

    Gambits and Bowers – Join the tournament!
    Sitting across a table to play a game with friends or family members is a great way to reconnect, whether on vacation or during an ordinary weekend. In this course students will participate in two course-long tournaments, one in chess and one in the card game called euchre. No experience with either game is required, and euchre probably will be new to every student. Both games develop memory and thinking skills, promote conversation, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

    • Sponsor: Mr. Jeff Bryant
    • Number of participants: 4 to 24; grades 9-12
    • Cost: Free; students will bring their lunch each day

    I Need My Space 
    Take a day trip to Huntsville, Alabama and visit the US Space and Rocket Center. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) is a Smithsonian Affiliate and home of a National Historic Landmark, an authentic Saturn V rocket. In the 1950’s Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team of rocket scientists transformed Huntsville, Alabama into a technology center that today is home to the second largest research park in the United States and to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

    Spend the next day in downtown Nashville at the Adventure Science Center visiting the Sudekum Planetarium and other exhibits. On the third day we will watch the movies “First Man” (2018) and “Apollo 13” (1995) at Brentwood Academy.

    • Sponsor: Mrs. Wendy Chapman
    • Number of participants: 7-13, grades 9-12
    • Cost: $145; due at registration

    Internships will provide an opportunity for juniors and seniors to arrange a three-day program working with a professional in Brentwood, Nashville, or Franklin. This program offers students an opportunity to join the work force for a few days in an attempt to learn more about potential careers. In the past internships have included (but are not limited to): advertising firms, law offices, architectural firms, banks, physicians, radio stations, American Express, Cumberland Heights, Daystar Ministries, the Governor’s office, Juvenile Court of Davidson County, Paine Webber, The Tennessean, TV stations, Vanderbilt Sports Medicine and Nissan Corporation. Students may not intern at Brentwood Academy, nor may they intern at the same place two years in a row. Students may not work for or with their parents. Nor may they work in a private residence. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and lunch costs.

    Juniors and Seniors must make all necessary arrangements with the sponsoring host by November 1.

    • Sponsor: Ms. Barbara Stewart
    • Number of participants: 1-15; grades 11-12
    • Cost: Free
    • All internships must take place in Williamson or Davidson County
    • Students are responsible for their own transportation each day

    Jump, Jive, and Swing
    Have you ever watched a couple out on the floor dancing together and wished that you knew how to dance like that? Well, here is your chance! This Winterim will offer an introduction to swing dancing. No previous experience is needed because we will start from the basics and build from there. Men, this Winterim should be especially appealing to you because every lady likes to dance, and this is your chance to learn how to impress the ladies. Individual dance lessons typically cost $65/hour, but during this Winterim you will receive instruction for free.

    • Sponsor: Mr. Troy Putney
    • Number of participants: 2-20, grades 9-12
    • Cost: Free
    • An even number of boys and girls is required

    Making Magical Math Scores on Standardized Tests
    Students will spend time learning how to boost their math scores on the PSAT, ACT, and SAT standardized tests.  We will focus on a different test each day.  We will take time each day to take a practice test or two (math portions only), after which we will go over the answers and correct mistakes.  Time will also be spent learning tips and tricks that apply to each individual test.  Students should leave the course feeling more confident and prepared to excel on the math portion of their tests!

    • Sponsor: Mrs. Dixie Christian
    • Number of participants: 1 to 19; grades 9-12
    • Cost: $30; due at registration
    • Students will bring their lunch each day

    The Meaning of Life
    We will study Ecclesiastes and explore the purpose of our existence over coffee and/or breakfast. Then we will reflect on what we have studied while hiking local trails around Nashville. We will discuss our struggles while enjoying God's beautiful creation. This will be an unforgettable time of reflection and direction.

    • Sponsor: Mr. Lyle Husband
    • Number of participants: 4-10; grades 9-12
    • Cost: Free; students will need money for breakfast/lunch

    Nutrition and Exercise Exploration
    The purpose of this course is to explore the relationship between nutrition and exercise in an effort to find a happy medium.  The course will include participation in various exercise classes around Nashville, such as Hot Yoga, Orange Theory, Title Boxing, Soul Cycle, YMCA group exercise or Barre.  Each class would be completely different in an effort to spark an interest in each individual participant.  In addition, we will utilize the BA weight room to learn how to plan and execute a personal workout.

    The nutrition component will include visits to Nashville restaurants specializing in locally grown nutritious meals, such as The Mad Platter, The Wild Cow, Herban Market, and Silly Goose.  We may also visit the downtown Farmer’s Market and one of the farms that supports the above restaurants.  Lastly, we will visit a grocery store to explore the effect of marketing on our dietary choices.

    • Sponsor: Ms. Laura Eldridge
    • Number of participants: 6-14; grades 10-12
    • Cost: $120; due at registration
    • Students will need money for lunch

    Print Nashville
    Have you ever wanted to design and create a t-shirt?  Have you ever wondered how concert posters are made? Print Nashville 2022 is the winterim for you!!!  This winterim will provide hands on experiences in three different types of printmaking in surrounding Nashville studios.  Students will create original art using the printmaking techniques of screen printing, letterpress and monoprints/linoleum.

    We will spend one day visiting Hatch Show Prints in the Music City center downtown. Hatch Show Print is one of America's oldest letterpress shops, in business since 1879. It has created original art for Elvis Presley, Grand Ole Opry stars and contemporary artists like The Black Keys. We will view printmaking in action, take the official printshop tour and participate in a hands-on activity to better understand what letterpress is and how it works. Another day we will visit Hillsboro Village and the Little Art House for a linoleum printmaking workshop where students will design and carve a linoleum plate and then print it onto a tea towel, wrapping paper or other fabric surface.

    Our final day will be spent in the studios of Hip Hues, a Nashville-based screen-printing company that promotes the art of screen printing with an interactive, hands-on approach. Each student will create an original design and see it through the process of burning the image to create a screen, inking and printing that screen image onto a piece of canvas. We will also be printing a winterim t-shirt to take home as a keepsake.

    This is a great creative way to spend your winterim, traveling to different neighborhoods in the city, experiencing different art studios and having lunch together at some Nashville favorites after a morning of art exploration.

    Cost of $155.00 includes instruction, materials, supplies and lunch each day.

    • Sponsor: Mrs. Janet Laws
    • Number of participants: 4-12; grades 9-12
    • Cost: $165, due at registration
    • Students will carpool to the studios

    RAD: Rape Aggression Defense
    This 12-hour basic self-defense course will be instructed by Brentwood police officers and held on campus. The mission of the R.A.D. Systems is to establish an accessible, constantly improving and internationally respected alliance of dedicated instructors. These instructors in turn will provide educational opportunities for women, children, men, and seniors to create a safer future for themselves. In doing this, we challenge society to evolve into an existence where violence is not an acceptable part of daily life. Participants must be 13 years old.

    Rifle Marksmanship
    This Winterim will consist of three days of basic rifle marksmanship. It will be taught at the Charlie Haffner Memorial Range just south of Franklin, TN. It will cover firearms safety, introductory ballistics, principles of marksmanship, firing from sitting, kneeling, offhand and prone positions at different distances. The course will finish with a friendly competition and the awarding of the coveted BA Marksman Award. The student must have a rifle (any caliber), 100 rounds of ammunition, hearing and eye protection. This is open to both men and women, sophomore through seniors.

    • Sponsor: Col. Kent BradfordMr. David Norris
    • Number of participants: 5-15; grades 10-12
    • Cost: $105, due at registration
    • Student must have a rifle, ammunition, hearing and eye protection

    Sport Psychology
    This course will help students to expand their skills and knowledge in the study of Sport Psychology. Coach Wilhoit has a Masters in Sport Psychology from the University of Tennessee and will also share his experiences using the mental game as a kicker from 2003-2006.

    Students will also participate in activities to test the skills they have learned and to see how students react under pressure. We will also go to a new golf simulator called Topgolf Nashville and Kings Bowl. Topgolf Nashville will allow students to practice their skills on varying courses with different levels of difficulty and Kings Bowl will allow another avenue for students to test their mental game in a different activity. Transportation will be provided but lunch will NOT be provided. You may bring a snack or eat at Topgolf & Kings Bowl.

    The Study of American Film in the 20th Century
    This film course will study the great films of the past century. All genres will be explored. The selections are from the National Film Institute. Students will have exposure to silent film, black and white, musical, comedy, and drama. The list of films will be released at a later date. The course will average two films per day for a total of six.

    Western Kentucky University’s Speech and Debate Program
    I will be teaching students WKU’s history, impact, and the relevance their collegiate speech & debate program has on the country. WKU is the only team to win the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament Team Championship, the National Forensic Association Individual Events Team Championship, and the National Forensics Association Debate Team Championship all in the same year, a benchmark the team has set nine times. These students are not only leaders in forensics, they are also leaders in their campus community. The 2020-21 roster is a diverse team of 30+ individuals represent 12 states and 20 different majors. Team members serve the university in a variety of capacities. Current team members work as official university ambassadors, hold positions in our Student Government Association, and several members serve on the Dean’s Council of Students. We will travel to WKU to explore what brought them to prominence, the campus, and we’ll watch some incredible performances as they gear up for another championship run.

    • Sponsor: Mr. Austin Groves
    • Number of participants: 7-20, grades 9-12
    • Cost: $60; due at registration

  • Winter Team Sports (Registration will be in September)

    Members of the boys' basketball team should register for a local course.
    Members of the wrestling team should register for the Wrestling winterim.
    Members of the girls' varsity basketball team should register for the Girls Basketball winterim.
    Members of the swim team may sign up for any course.

    Wrestling in Dallas
    The wrestling team will travel to Allen, TX (a suburb of Dallas) and compete in a two-day wrestling tournament. The team will depart Brentwood Academy on December 28 and return on January 3. This trip will consist of high-quality competition of some of the best high school wrestling the area has to offer as well as educational and team-building events throughout the week. We will tour the location where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the famous Fort Worth Stockyards, and possibly the stadium of the Dallas Cowboys. We will then spend some time team building at K1 Racing (go-cart racing), Six Flags over Texas, Top Golf, and wrap the week up at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals game. This trip is designed to allow the wrestling team to compete against quality opponents that we do not typically get to see while experiencing great educational and team-building experiences.
    • Sponsor: Coach Scott Wells
    • Participants: Members of the wrestling team only
    • Cost: $1000; $0 due at registration. Coach Wells will provide details.

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