Independent Study Projects for Seniors

During Minimester, seniors conduct an independent study project (ISP) to investigate a potential career or explore an academic interest in greater depth. To get the most from this experience, students keep a journal, write a final report and make a presentation to the school community. Whether their interests are confirmed or challenged, seniors find independent study to be a valuable experiential learning opportunity for exploring a possible future career. Outstanding ISP presentations are recognized with honors at Commencement.

Examples of 2018 Independent Study Projects completed by St. Margaret's School seniors include:
  • Shadowing production staff at CBS News in Washington, DC on the show, Face the Nation
  • Exploring the world of film and movie production at STX Entertainment in Burbank, CA
  • Experiencing veterinary medicine in the Cayman Islands
  • Observing the complexities of pediatric medicine at INOVA Hospital in Fairfax, VA
  • Helping save turtles at Junquillal Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica
  • Exploring the field of design and engineering with a firm in Jiangsu, China

These and many other opportunities were created by seniors and staff sponsors with the support of organizations in the United States, and around the world to help our students explore real-world opportunities and expand their vision for their future learning and growth.