Independent Projects

What happens when motivated and curious students want to explore an area of interest or passion outside their classroom work? At Canterbury School, they can complete an independent project to develop their expertise and build their college admission portfolios.

During this year-long experience, juniors work closely with faculty mentors to complete extensive research in an area of their choice. Students complete reading in the summer, submit notes and outlines throughout fall and winter, and write their 20- to 60-page essays with an annotated bibliography in the spring. Students must present oral defenses of their papers before a panel of four experts, which includes at least one professional from outside the Canterbury community.