Independent Studies are an opportunity for students to broaden and deepen their understanding of a topic they are passionate about pursuing while earning credit.
The purpose of the Independent Study program is to help students complete structured learning experiences outside of the regular classroom setting. Students have the opportunity to learn skills and acquire knowledge that may not be offered through regular classes at New Vista and earn learning units towards graduation.
These contracts are rigorous, in-depth learning experiences that are considered equivalent to classes.
Learning experiences that take place through Independent Study include many types of study, and all require reflection, evaluation, and demonstration of learning. Examples include: Internships, lessons, community theater, independent study,
world languages, sports, projects, camps, wilderness training, classes in the community, volunteer work, physical
fitness training, independent living, involvement in organizations
to name a few.
Credits earned are as follows: 15 hours= 0.25 credits,
30 hours= 0.5 credits, 60 hours= 1.0 credits