During their high school years at Thetford Academy, students may pursue independent learning in three ways: Challenge Courses, Independent Course Study, or Work-Based Learning. Students participating in Independent Learning can choose their course of study from a wide range of topics in any academic discipline, or can focus their studies on a proposed career field.
Independent learning requires students to take charge of their own goals and understand their own learning styles. With support of a mentor, students learn to ask questions and apply the answers to their work. Students learn strategies for successful time management, how to document and evaluate their work, and learn the value of organization, persistence, and planning. When pursuing Independent Learning credits, students may also enroll in courses offered outside the Academy. Community College of Vermont offers a free course for high school students to help explore the academic and independent learning skills needed for college.