Independent Study

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

Independent Study coordinator P.K. Kearney

Jen Gaenzle-Smith
Indepedent Study Coordinator