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Independent Study Program & Student Clubs

Upper School (US) students are invited to select from and explore a wide range of curricular offerings via Student Clubs and Independent Study projects. Facilitated by faculty members dedicated to providing rich, real-world opportunities, these niche programs allow US students to pursue passions, learn and apply new skills, and bond with like minded peers.

INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM

The SPS Upper School will embark on an Independent Study Program (ISP) for the first time this 2016-2017 school year. Students will:

  • Select topics for their project-based learning (PBL) independent study.
  • Spend two class periods per week investigating ISP topics.
  • Meet regularly with a designated ISP mentor.
  • Interview experts and visit sites related to ISP topics of interests.
  • Work in small groups to share and receive feedback about ISP findings and projects.
  • Conduct research and develop plans for presenting ISP discoveries and results to the School in the spring.

STUDENT CLUBS

Every trimester, US students select from a diverse catalog of Student Club offerings, meeting with faculty club leaders and peers one period each week as they explore specific areas of interest. Past Student Clubs include:

Civics and Diplomacy

Music and Performing Arts

Innovation and Visual Arts

Sports and Fitness

Strategy and Decision-Making