Newsletter Week 17

Well, we are drawing to a close here at CTBC International Academy. And, as with every year, that means final presentations for the Individual Study Program. This program is one that we at CIA are incredibly proud of. Not only does it allow students to pursue topics and subjects they are interested in but also aids them in managing and using their time wisely. After all, it is one thing to stay on a schedule designed and enforced by a teacher or parent, but entirely another to maintain a course set by yourself. Most of the students this year learned something about that concept directly in managing their studies and schedules for this semester’s projects.

Examples of this years’ projects include physical fitness training for both golf and boxing, studying research on higher math, AP Chemistry, and learning to play double bass. As you can see, a wide range of activities are open for this project and we at CIA encourage students returning next year or prospective students to propose a project to Teacher Nathan Robertson next year as well. As long as you are determined and driven, it is worth trying.

But that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Far from it. Yes, individual study projects are self-driven and monitored; however, you will need to turn in progress reports to the staff at CIA periodically. We cannot just let students do whatever they want without supervision. Each student has a mentor who guides them in their study and they must fill out progress reports and reflections for Teacher Nathan. Finally, at the end of the semester, they will need to present their final progress to the student body during one of our weekly assemblies. These final presentations factor into your grade just as much as the final assessment that you and your mentor would arrange.

We here at CIA congratulate and applaud all the students who undertook and completed their own independent study projects this semester. We also look forward to seeing what unique, interesting, and thought-provoking ways our students will challenge themselves next year!