In an independent study, students work with a faculty mentor to design a course that allows them to pursue an academic interest beyond the electives offered in the curriculum. Independent study courses may be designed for one semester or for the entire year. Students, primarily juniors and seniors, present written proposals to a panel of faculty members for approval, meet with mentors weekly, and are assessed through written materials, critiques, projects, or compositions. Each independent study culminates in a final presentation before the school.
Students who are interested in focusing on sustainability, diversity and inclusion, community service and philanthropy, sense of place, and/or global awareness can complete a project with a Black Rock Concentration.
French Art and Revolution
Jazz and African-American History
American Sign Language
Economic Manias: Bitcoin
Kinesiology: Optimizing Workouts
Biodiesel Fuel Engineering
Design Thinking: Youth Mentorship
Language Development and a Child's Brain
Epidemiology: The Zika Virus