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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 2019 Independent Study Projects underway by St. Margaret's School seniors include:
  • Exploring biomedical research at the University of Chicago
  • Learning about television communications in China
  • Conducting environmental research in the Grand Canyon
  • Shadowing a doctor at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, VA
  • Interning with the Marketing Office at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina
  • Experiencing veterinary medicine in Charlottesville, VA
  • Assisting at a women's shelter in the Northern Neck of Virginia
  • Experiencing the world of construction real estate and architectural design services in Rwanda
  • Learning about community business development at the Orange County, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Exploring integrated healthcare with the Chesterfield County, Virginia Fire and EMS mobile response unit

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