Independent Studies

(ages 14-18)


Our independent study program is set to start this fall, with a small group of students who have graduated our One-Room Schoolhouse program.  We know how important it is to balance individuality and community for our oldest students.  We anticipate hiring several more part time educator/guides to serve as subject matter experts for students who wish to pursue specific areas of study. 


Our independent studies students pursue self-directed study with support from our educators, parents, and guides.

High School Studies

Because our first independent studies group will be starting in 2021-22, their first project will be to design, renovate and outfit their very own high school classroom.  

Working together with their guides and parents, these students will construct their own independent study plan based on their interests and educational goals.  Educator-guides will help students put together digital portfolios and transcripts to demonstrate their learning.

Forest Classroom

Working outside with our Outdoor Education teacher, our oldest students will take on some added caretaking responsibilities, including getting to propose, draft and have a hand in building new additions to the school property. 

They will also get to interact with the rest of the school as Junior Staff and will be expected to demonstrate their own outdoor education by teaching the younger children.  

At Your Own Pace

High school can be stressful because most of the time, you’re following someone else’s schedule.  At AWS, the students make the schedule.  This allows them the opportunity to study deeply and passionately.  Courses can be accelerated or extended, depending on each individual’s needs.


We encourage all of our independent studies participants to start their own businesses.  Having access to mentors who are entrepreneurs themselves will be key to starting and maintaining successful business enterprises during their teenage years.

Weekly Adventure Days

Our independent studies students will have the option to join the rest of the school every Friday as we explore local museums, parks, theater productions, nature centers, ski hills, and more to bring our lessons to life!