At Maumee Valley
Winterim is an ideal time for students to pursue in-depth an interest that falls outside of the usual course offerings at Maumee Valley. Independent Study Projects demand considerable independence, purposefulness, and motivation on the part of the student. Juniors and seniors may sign up for Independent Study. Mature, motivated sophomores may consider this an option as well.
Projects are individually designed for career exploration (internships, research, and/or actual work experience) or as an intensive academic experience. Some previous Independent Studies have included: internships in criminal and civil law, veterinary medicine, business, architecture, television and radio broadcasting, sports medicine, computer science, dentistry, stock brokering, journalism, participation in Outward Bound and National Outdoor Leadership School Courses, internships in photography, graphic design, geology and seismology, and the performing arts.
Two other opportunities may appeal to students: the Mayatan School, an English language school in the country of Honduras, offers students studying Spanish an opportunity to be a teacher’s aid.Also, the Ekebyskolan high school in Sala, Sweden is offering students the opportunity to take classes and live with host families.
Independent study projects begin with an interest and desire on the part of the student. Through discussion with the student's parents, faculty advisor, and Ms. Blackburn, a project is designed cooperatively, using resources both in and outside the Toledo area. Common to all projects is a reading and writing component. Each student's project is supervised by a sponsor approved by the school and monitored by a Maumee Valley faculty member.