Independent Projects offer juniors and seniors the chance to flex these qualities and chart their own path in the afternoons. Instead of choosing an activity from Thacher’s official offerings, eligible students follow a course of study or a training program of their own creation, pursuing personal passions like filmmaking, songwriting, poetry, photography, painting, singing, martial arts, road bicycling, aerial dancing, and more.
Students with an Independent Project work with a mentor to plan out the season, mapping how they will work toward mastery of their pursuit every afternoon, and what they ultimately plan to accomplish. Not only do students improve their performance in a particular activity, they also learn valuable lessons in self-discipline, personal responsibility, and ingenuity.
At the close of most Independent Projects, students then share what they’ve accomplished with the rest of the community. Gallery openings, photo exhibits, concerts, and performances draw students to support the work of their peers.