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Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning Experiences

Formerly Independent Study


For those of you interested in second semester Personalized Learning experiences, proposals for the spring semester are now being accepted!

We are happy to share that this program is now available to Staples students, grades 9-12.


This year, we have a new program in place called Personalized Learning. A part of this program provides students with the opportunity to create their own learning experience by focusing on an area of interest beyond our high school curriculum. Through a Personalized Learning Experience, students spend a semester or full year independently or collaboratively moving forward to bring that passion project to fruition, with the support of the Personalized Learning Center team and a faculty mentor.

If you have previously inquired about or have had an interest in an Independent Study or as a Teaching Assistant, those programs will now come through the Personalized Learning Program. The attached form will get you started in pursuing your independent interests.

Please complete the proposal form and return it in an e-mail attachment to shspersonalizedlearning@westportps.org . Once we receive your proposal, we will follow up with you via e-mail for next steps.

The deadline for proposals is January 25.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us, or you can visit us in the Personalized Learning Center, currently located in the Maker Zone in the Library.

We look forward to receiving your creative proposals!

Best regards,

Kim Herzog
Jennifer Cirino




Focus Groups - Personalized Learning Program

We will be holding focus groups for staff and students.

We are looking for ideas and input, as well as questions and concerns, to ensure that this program meets all student needs as it is developed.

December Focus Groups - in the Personalized Learning Center (Maker Zone) in the SHS Library:

  • Thursday, 12/14, 2:30pm - 3pm - Staff
  • Wednesday, 12/20, 2:30pm - 3pm - Staff
  • Monday, 12/18, 10:45am - 12:25pm (Per 8) - Students (please come during your lunch or free)


Please refer to this document to see a framework of the Personalized Learning Program thus far:

Personalized Learning - Pathways


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