Academics

Independent Study

Even with 300 courses, we might not offer the exact class on the topic about which some students may be interested in learning more. They may want to delve even deeper into a particular subject area—for instance, to follow the social and political effects of the Beat Generation.

In those cases, students who have demonstrated initiative and responsibility necessary for independent study may be allowed to design a course on their own. Students will work with a faculty member to plan the course with readings, resource materials, and assignments related to the topic at hand.

All independent study must be approved at least a module in advance by the Academic Office, and requires a written proposal from the student, signed by the student’s advisor, the teacher of the independent study, and the department head. Some recent independent studies include: a study of String Theory, a course devoted to writing the first novel, and an interdisciplinary chemistry and art study about the creation of paint.

'Create the Classes You Want'

    • <br><b>Seung Hyun K. </b>, an aspiring biomedical engineer, designed an independent study around image processing in linear algebra. The independent study was a way for him to go deeper into mathematics and combine his interest in computer science with his newly discovered interest in art.</br></br>“With the Mod System, we can try a lot of new things. I love that you can be very active in creating the classes you want.”</br>


      Seung Hyun K. , an aspiring biomedical engineer, designed an independent study around image processing in linear algebra. The independent study was a way for him to go deeper into mathematics and combine his interest in computer science with his newly discovered interest in art.

      “With the Mod System, we can try a lot of new things. I love that you can be very active in creating the classes you want.”

The Cambridge School of Weston
45 Georgian Road, Weston, MA 02493 • P. 781-642-8600
The Cambridge School of Weston is a day and boarding independent school, located near Boston, for students in grades 9-12 and PG. We offer an innovative and rigorous academic program that fosters critical thought, hands-on experiential learning and deep academic inquiry. Students choose from more than 300 courses through our unique Mod System; no two student schedules are alike.