Student Responsibilities

  • Students may enter this program in a variety of ways, however, you cannot simply sign up for it as you would a course. Ideally, the student has a project idea and initiates an Independent Study by finding an adviser and contacting the Independent Study Coordinator. However, sometimes a teacher or a guidance counselor suggests Independent Study to a student. You will be expected to come to the Coordinator with some reasonably good idea of what you would like to do. Finding an adviser is a part of the responsibility of the student, but the Coordinator of the Program will make suggestions of possible advisers if the student doesn't know of one.

    All relevant material explaining the program can be obtained from the Independent Study coordinator, Dr. Schneider in the social studies office, and through this site.  Read this material (found under "For Candidates" and "Download Course Materials") carefully.


    Student Responsibilities Are To:

    • With your adviser, fill out the contract, have it signed by all relevant parties, and return it to the Coordinator, who will let you know the date for a meeting with the Independent Study Committee.
    • Your meeting with this committee, during which your contract will be examined and accepted (sometimes in an altered form), is the formal entry into the program. A project may be dropped up to eight calendar weeks after this date without penalty. After this period, if you want to drop a project before completion, it will be evaluated on progress made, and receive appropriate credit.
    • Create & maintain your Independent Study Portfolio.
    • Meet on the contracted schedule with your adviser. Your adviser is not expected to chase you.
    • Keep your journals as you work, and be prepared to show it to your adviser whenever he or she asks to see it.
    • An adviser may request that your project be terminated if you are seriously failing in your responsibilities.
    • If your project departs radically from your contract, see the Coordinator . It may be necessary to meet with the Committee again.
    • If you run into trouble, see your adviser or the Coordinator.
    • If your project will take longer then the contracted time, see the Coordinator; extensions can be granted if the reasons for lateness are reasonable and are approved.
    • Prepare for your presentation for the Evaluating Committee.  The presentation can use various formats, such as a PowerPint presentation, a Prezi, a poster with highlights of the project, an audio component, a performance, or simply a discussion of your project.  You will, however, be required to walk the committee through your Independent Study Website. The presentation portion of your evaluation meeting should last about twenty minutes.
    • Set a date with the Coordinator for your Final Presentation. Final presentations may be scheduled throughout the school year; however, year long projects will be presented during the month of May and the Coordinator will have a schedule for presentations available by mid-April.  See Calendar.
    • Have your final copy of your journals available to the Coordinator and your Evaluating Committee five days before your presentation (these should already be shared with the Coordinator via your website).  Bring your completed Student Feedback Form with you to your presentation.


    CREDIT IS AWARDED FOR THE PROJECT AT ITS COMPLETION AND UPON PRESENTATION TO THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE.  THE AMOUNT OF CREDIT IS GRANTED BASED ON THE SUBSTANTIATED EVIDENCE OF TIME SPENT WORKING AND LEARNING, WHICH WOULD REFLECT THE TIME SPENT IN A QUARTER, SEMESTER OR YEAR-LONG COURSE.  STUDENTS MUST KEEP AND PRESENT A JOURNAL (ON-LINE) AS WELL AS A TIME LOG AND ALL OTHER PERTINENT MATERIALS TO THE COMMITTEE.  STUDENTS MUST KEEP APPOINTMENTS WITH THEIR ADVISORS AND NOTIFY THE COORDINATOR OF PROBLEMS AS THEY MAY ARISE.