Independent Study Expedition
Information and Requirements
study is a unique expedition opportunity, designed for students whose special
interests, abilities or individual needs cannot be accommodated within in a
regular expeditions program offering.
MUST take a one year Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) course before
graduation! Students and families are
responsible for ensuring this happens.
Students are encouraged to meet this requirement their 9th or
10th grade year.
must exhibit the ability and willingness to work independently and successfully
complete agreed to educational requirements with limited supervision by a
with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) must have provisions in their plan
allowing for them to participate in Independent Study.
proposal must be for the entire school year.
Study courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.
a proposal that outlines a course focused on one major topic or area of
curriculum and experiences that will fill 208
hours for the entire year (26 hours each week) – students must turn in a detailed
log of activity and hours spent each day at the end of each week of expeditions.
will attend a mandatory class on the first day of each expeditions session. At the end of each session students must meet
with the Supervising faculty member.
week students are required to submit a completed packet of all required work
including full page typed journal entries (one each week= 8 total). You will receive a list of suggested prompts
must seek out and secure the assistance of an expert in the community (other
than a parent) who they will meet with a minimum of two times per week during
each expeditions session. This
individual will be their Independent Study Supervisor and should have expertise
in the topic of the proposed course and be willing to guide and advise the
are responsible for completing all forms and required documentation and turning
them in as required by these Independent
a final end product. Some suggestions
and hold an event/performance
a written report (5-10 pages typed, double-spaced)
a website about your topic
something (screenplay, choreography, short story, sculpture, painting, web
site, travel guide, information brochure, etc.)
in the Exhibition at the end of the school year. Choose a format that will allow you to share
what you have learned in a meaningful and compelling way
Display (required to be 48” wide x 30” high)
Steps to a Successful Independent Study:
- With a parent, read through and make sure you
understand this Information and Requirements document.
- Set up a meeting with the Internship and Independent
Study Coordinator to discuss your idea, ask questions about the proposal
requirements and for feedback/coaching.
- Identify an Independent Study Supervisor (we can
- Prepare and submit a signed Independent Study Course Proposal to the Internship and
Independent Study Coordinator no later than 1 week before the first day
- Complete the Course Request process listing IS as
your first choice and identifying a 2nd and 3rd choice.
- Once your proposal is approved, complete an Independent Study Course Contract
and return it with all required signatures to Internship and Independent
Study Coordinator before the start of expeditions.
- You will receive a Course Confirmation packet. It
will include the Independent Study Weekly
Work Log, Journal Entry Prompts
and the Course Completion Checklist.
- Check your e-mail regularly – the Internship and
Independent Study Coordinators may need to contact you or provide you with
Contact: Internship and Independent Study Coordinator – San Jose: Linda Stevenin
Internship and Independent Study Coordinator – Redwood City: Kathryn Hopkins