Curriculum & Requirements

Independent Study

Want to learn more about hawks native to Pennsylvania, tinker with the physics of building a car, or tackle organic chemistry? You can.

When students are excited by an idea they can pursue that idea in an Independent Study. Independent Studies earn academic credit and can last for one term to one year.

Independent Study courses are designed by the student with the help of a faculty adviser. The student defines the goal of the study as well as the final outcome of the study (lab report, paper, treatise, presentation, performance, gallery display).

Independent Studies are usually done by students in upper-middler and senior classes. Through a formal application process, the student seeks approval from the appropriate academic department to enroll in an Independent Study.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236