"It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner and inspired to contribute to a democratic society. As a professional learning organization of all academic departments, we are prepared to work together in order to provide a unique and personalized learning experience for all students."

Independent Study

Credit Determined by Student • Open to all grades

Independent Study provides a process for students to design learning tailored to their passions and interests. This study can take place at Harwood, at a community-based learning site or at another off campus location at any time of the year. All credits earned in an IS are applicable to Harwood’s graduation requirements. IS has several requirements. First, students must locate an advisor who is certified/qualified in the field of study and complete a learning proposal and submit to the IS committee for review. Once a proposal is approved students must complete a learning journal and time log of study activities, complete a final project and conduct an oral presentation at the culmination of the work with their advisor. Proposal packets are located in the School Counseling office. The IS committee meets monthly and proposals can be submitted at any time during the school year. If an independent study is intended to meet a graduation requirement, seniors are required to complete the study by the end of the first semester of their senior year.