Independent Study

The purpose of independent study is to make possible the study of a subject or the pursuit of an academic passion not regularly offered in the curriculum. It is the student’s obligation to find a faculty member with whom to do the independent study and to fill out the application form that is available in the Upper School office during the first week of the marking period in which the independent study is to occur. Independent study courses may not be substituted for one of the five required major courses, nor may they replace departmental requirements.

When designing an independent study, students have choice and flexibility with regards to:
  • duration (quarter, multiple quarters, year-long)
  • grading (pass/fail or letter grade)
  • credit (full, half, none)
Here is a list of some recent independent studies:
  • Physics of Bridge Building
  • Counter Culture of Rock and Roll
  • Latin American History
  • Psychology
  • Linguistics and Computer Science
  • Women's Experience in Literature
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Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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