Independent Study in the Library
What is an independent study in the library?
Doing an independent study lets you choose what you want to learn about, make, or do. During a study hall, you get the chance to come to the OPMS Library Makerspace and work on a project of your choosing. The possibilities are endless! What are your interests that you don't get to explore at school?
Do I get a grade?
There are no grades, not even pass or fail, for independent studies. If you abuse the time, you will be asked to return to study hall. If you ever fall behind on your grades and work for your normal classes, the independent study will be put on hold until you recover.
How long is it?
The quick answer is that independent studies last as long as it takes! You might design a project that you finish in a few days, and some people have done projects that last the entire year. It is entirely up to the project!
What should I do?
You can do almost anything you can imagine, as long as it is safe and appropriate for school. Visit this page to see a big list of potential project ideas. Don't worry if you don't have a complete idea of your project in your head; Mr. Kloster and Mrs. Tempestoso will help you refine your idea and figure things out along the way.
What about materials and things I need that cost money?
The library is willing to support students who are serious about their independent study projects with purchases of supplies, within reason. For example, we're not going to buy you a new computer, but we can get craft supplies. You will also have access to all of our maker space resources and equipment.
How do I start?
Just visit and fill out the project proposal form above! Mr. Kloster or Mrs. Tempestoso will be in touch with you once you finish filling it out.
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