The Independent Study Program at Berkshire allows students to pursue an academic interest that extends beyond the core courses and the dozens of electives offered in the regular curriculum. Working with a faculty mentor, a student designs a course and directs its in-depth development in either a one-semester or year’s study. Independent Studies may combine academic work on campus with shadowing area professionals or volunteer internships at local organizations.
After presenting their written proposals to a panel of faculty members for approval, students meet with their mentors each week, sometimes more than once, depending on the course. Assessment varies by topic: most students read extensively and write essays or critiques in addition to leading discussions with their mentors on their progress. Others demonstrate through projects or compositions that they are progressing in the syllabus they created.
Primarily available to Fifth and Sixth Form students, the program is flexible if a strong proposal comes from an under-former. An Independent Study is taken in addition to a full course load; grading may be a letter grade or pass/fail.
The Independent Study Program is directed by Linda Bellizzi, a member of the English faculty. For more information, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Click here for the list of 2013-14 projects.