Independent study is an instructional model that is conducive to self-development and personal growth. Attendance in an independent study learning studio is recorded through work completion, not physical presence. Independent study allows learners to choose a problem or topic that has particular meaning for the individual and follow it to a point that it satisfies one’s curiosity or need at the time and is aligned to standards. Independent study courses are completed under the direction of educational facilitators.
- To individualize and enrich curriculum to produce more highly motivated, independent, and self-reliant lifelong learners.
- To encourage learners to pursue a self-initiated, self-directed intellectual inquiry.
- To give learners the opportunity to develop good independent study habits and to learn to effectively manage their time.
- To provide an opportunity to study an established subject to a level beyond the existing curriculum or to study an area not presently included in standard course offerings.