Interim 2019


April 23-26, 2019

Interim is a one week educational experience where students take a non-traditional course in a subject area that is of interest to them.  Teachers will teach an Interim course that pertains to a subject/topic/hobby that they are passionate about.  Interim is a break from traditional classroom learning. 

The structure of the class will vary from teacher to teacher.  Some classes may spend most of their time in a classroom, while others may be off campus for most of the day.

The time the classes meet will vary as well.  This is all dependent on the activity the teacher has planned for that day.  Some classes may have to meet early in the morning and some classes may start later in the day. 

Each Interim class will earn the student a quarter credit.  After four years of high school, the students will have earned a full credit that can be applied toward their elective credits.

Interim is a pass/fail class. For the most part, there are no formal assessments given (tests, quizzes, etc…).  If a student misses two or more school days during Interim, they automatically fail the Interim class. 

An important part of Interim is a service component.  One class that will be offered every year is a “Service” class. Students will be required to complete the Service class during one of their four years in high school.  The only exception to this will be the class of 2019 and 2020…they will be grandfathered in.  Any junior or senior who transfers to LHNW will be exempted from the Service requirement as well. 

Interim classes will take place in a variety of places.  Some classes will meet in the classroom, others will meet on campus and then depart for their activity for the day, and some classes are never on campus as they may be on overnight destinations.

Students will select their top three Interim classes and submit them as they would when designing their normal semester classes.  Seniors will have preference for class selection, then juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.  Students may not get their top choice for an Interim class.  Preference is given in order of grade level starting with the seniors, and by the order the registration forms are turned in.  Class size is determined by the teacher.  Some classes will have a maximum amount of students allowed, and some may have a minimum amount allowed. Students will not be allowed to take the same class more than once throughout their high school career.

Interim classes vary on cost per class.  The estimated prices are described in each syllabus.  Also, please be aware that transportation costs are not currently factored in. Transportation costs are determined after students have signed up.  Transportation costs are largely determined based on the number of students signed up in a class.   


A wide variety of challenging, well-rounded course options are available to students. We aim to both equip students with the basics, and allow them to stretch their horizons. View our course catalog for more information.


Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Biomedical and Engineering Academies aim to provide our top students with the coursework and experiences to excite them and thoroughly prepare them for elite university programs in similar STEM fields. To be accepted into the STEM Biomedical or Engineering Academy, students must meet rigorous course expectations as well as be enrolled in Honors and Advanced Placement science courses. These required high level courses focus on collaboration, problem-solving, analyzing, and investigating science processes and careers.

As one of the most important pieces of the STEM Biomedical and Engineering Academies at Lutheran High Northwest, students must complete an off-campus experience totaling 40+ hours inside a company, organization, or university of their choosing. With the required course work and off-campus experience Lutheran Northwest students are ready and eager to take the next step in achieving their dream career in a STEM field.

Questions about the STEM Biomedical Academy Program may be directed to Mrs. Kristi Baughman.

Questions about the STEM Engineering Academy Program may be directed to Mr. Tim Topel.

Dual Credit & Vo-tech

Lutheran Northwest students are eligible to take vocational courses through the Oakland County Technical program, as well as dual-credit college courses through Concordia University Ann Arbor. Contact Mrs. Kelly Fink for more information.