EACH YEAR THE students in Ashwood’s graduating class take on independent projects as the culmination of their educational experience. It is an opportunity for the students to have a truly independent learning experience based on their individual interests and inspirations.
Students combine the academic, artistic, and intellectual capacities fostered by their Waldorf education to research, develop, and present a project of their choosing. The maturity and self-motivation required to accomplish such a project is a prerequisite for moving on to secondary school.
The eighth-grade project requires the students to find a mentor, research their topic, complete the work, and share this experience with an audience.
They spend many hours, above and beyond their regular academic school work, developing their independent eighth-grade projects.