Independent Study

Lincoln’s Independent Study Program is designed for motivated learners who are interested in immersing themselves in a self-designed curriculum that reaches beyond Lincoln’s core academic program. With guidance from a project advisor, ISP students develop a year-long course (for full or half academic credit) that delves deeply into a subject for which they have a proven track record of success.

Lincoln School maintains that the prime objective of independent studies is to provide students with an opportunity to pursue a deep investigation into a subject that is not currently explored in our core curriculum. Therein, ISP students should not expect to receive direct instruction from their faculty advisor on their chosen topic.

Although the specifics of any given independent study will vary, all ISP students should be ready to invest themselves in rigorous academic discourse that involves research, reading, experimentation, investigation, reflection, critical dialogue and the production of a final capstone project as the culmination of the course.

Students who are interested in participating in the ISP, should submit a comprehensive ISP proposal, by the end of the course sign up process in the spring. Please find the Independent Study Program application guidelines in the Upper School office. Any questions about the program should be directed to the Director of the Upper School.