At Greenwich High School any student interested in pursuing an area of study not offered in the curriculum may submit an Independent Study proposal. Under the guidance of a sponsoring teacher, who must be a member of the Greenwich High School faculty, a student may self-design an independent study. Independent Study has the support of the administration and faculty of the school because it furthers the goal of personalized learning and encourages students to take responsibility for pursuing their own education plan. The independent study proposal must be presented to the student’s School Counselor for review by the Independent Study Committee. The sponsoring teacher monitors the student’s progress, meets with the student at least once per cycle, and issues a grade upon completion of the independent study. A student may earn a maximum of one credit for an independent study per school year unless approved by the Vice Principal. Independent study may not be honors-weighted unless approved by the Vice Principal.
For more information about Independent Study see the Course of Study Guide or speak with a GHS School Counselor.
Steps to apply for an Independent Study:
- Speak with your School Counselor to make sure that the topic of study is outside of the courses offered at GHS.
- Find a teacher who is willing to oversee the student project. The sponsoring teacher monitors the student’s progress, meets with the student at least once per cycle, and issues a grade upon completion of the independent study. The sponsoring teacher must be a member of the Greenwich High School faculty.
- Develop a detailed independent study proposal by completing the application available through each school counselor. Students must work with their faculty advisor throughout this process.
- Submit completed proposals to the School Counselor who will ultimately submit it for review by the Independent Study Committee.
Independent Study Committee Members:
- Ms. Dana Tulotta, Vice Principal
- Ms. Katherine Bolger, Math/Computer Science
- Dr. Garfield Charles, Assistant Dean
- Ms. Paraskevi Douekias-radis, World Language Teacher
- Ms. Maryann Franchella, Math Teacher
- Ms. Courtney Hawes, English/Innovation Lab Teacher
- Mr. Ryan Jones, Social Studies Teacher
- Ms. Shannon Presta, School Counselor
- Ms. Kristina Sapienza, School Counselor
- Ms. Elizabeth Vazquez, Art Teacher
- Ms. Laura Jean Waters, Library Media Specialist
- Students who decide to pursue an independent study should obtain a copy of the proposal template from their school counselor.
- Proposals must be very detailed and answer all of the questions asked. Watch the video below to learn more about how to complete the proposal.