Today my son and I went to Brigham Young University to check in with their Independent Study office. My son (15) has been doing independent High school studies this year. He has to take some final exams now, and coming to the testing center is easier for us than trying to have the tests sent to China.
The actual work for these classes isn't very difficult, but the final exam must be taken at an approved location, by a certified proctor. We had planned to ask the Canadian international high school in our city if they would proctor the exams for my son, but decided instead to just do it here in America. So now we have arranged for him to take two of the tests, and as soon as he finishes a few projects we will order the rest of the exams for him to take here. So we are close to finishing, but it's not over yet!
My son never really grasped the beauty of independent study. His frame of mind was such that he tried to work as little as possible. But to really take advantage of independent study, the student should think about working harder so that they could even graduate early! And if he graduated early, he could even move on to taking online classes for college credit! But my son has a 15 year old brain, and thinks on a 15 year old boy level. He can't see the advantage to doing more work now. He's a work in progress I guess. I'm still trying to shape and mold him. My job isn't over yet!
Check out what the other consortium members came up with in regards to this topic. I think you will find that their ideas are all very different!
Rummuser, Anu, Ashkok, Gaelikka, Grannymar , Padmum, Magpie11, andAkanksha,Will Knot, Maria the Silver Fox, Anki, Nema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and Rohit, Black watertown, The Old Fossil, our newest member MAXI! and last, but not least SHACKMAN! :)