Independent Studies

Students may elect to take independent study courses with Uni faculty or with professors at the University of Illinois. Independent studies usually involve studying specific topics more in-depth than what one would experience in a regular course. Criteria for Independent Study


  1. Meet with supervising teacher to determine if the teacher is willing and able to undertake an independent study course with you
  2. If the teacher agrees to an independent study, obtain an independent study request form from the Guidance Counselor
  3. Working with the supervising teacher, write a proposal that meets the above-identified criteria for an independent study. Attach the proposal to the independent study request form. This should be in the form of a syllabus outlining the independent study in full detail
  4. Obtain approval from your parents/guardians
  5. Obtain approval from the department executive teacher
  6. Obtain approval from the Guidance Counselor
  7. Submit the independent study request form, the written proposal, and a copy of the class schedule to the Student Services office.
  8. Any exceptions must be approved by a majority of the Curriculum Committee

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