Independent Senior Project

Every senior undertakes a project of his own devising, beginning in the last week of April and lasting for four weeks, in place of his regular academic courses. Successful completion of an Independent Senior Project (ISP) is a graduation requirement.
Beginning in the winter term, each senior boy proposes a project, secures the cooperation of an off-campus advisor at the place his project will occur, and develops a schedule of at least 25 hours per week specifying his use of time.
Every senior undertakes a project of his own devising in place of his regular academic courses.
Each plan must be approved by a small faculty committee, which reviews the project's feasibility and merits. The ISP directors and a faculty advisor with a special interest in the project work closely with the student during this phase. Fundamental to this process is the expectation that the boy plan a project of merit and interest. The faculty believes so strongly in the value of the Independent Senior Project program that successful completion of an ISP is a graduation requirement.

Project Categories

In general, projects tend to fall into five broad categories:
  • volunteer work for school or community social service programs;
  • medical or scientific research;
  • business or political internships;
  • academic or creative independent study or enterprises; and
  • apprenticeships with theater or arts groups.

Project Completion

At the project's completion, each senior makes a 25-minute oral presentation of his experiences  to a small audience of students and faculty. Finally, the ISP directors, in consultation with the on-campus faculty advisor, evaluate each project.

The Independent Senior Projects program aims to provide each senior with an opportunity to pursue an activity of his own choosing relatively free of other school demands. But perhaps more important, in order to enjoy a successful ISP, a senior must exhibit the self-discipline and motivation necessary to accomplish what he has set out to do. The freedom associated with Independent Senior Projects thus anticipates the self-reliance that comes with college.