The Independent School of Winchester opened the doors of our high school program in September 2014. Building upon the foundation of progressive education already laid in our very successful elementary and middle school program, our high school allows students and teachers to co-create a first class education. We use the word “co-create” very deliberately because we believe that education shouldn’t be “visited upon” students. Rather, our students are encouraged to take responsibility not only for day-to-day assignments but also for the trajectory of their high school career. The school focuses on fostering creativity in all its forms: writing, design, graphics, applied math, scientific innovation, visual arts, music, and theater. Our students produce real, meaningful work—building a portfolio that can be shared with the community through performance, exhibition, internship, and publication. In addition to emphasizing academic and personal responsibility, our program nurtures independence and prepares students for college life with increasing levels of latitude.

ISW high school students are assigned an adviser with whom he/she meets to create a personalized academic plan. Students will be asked to consider their individual learning styles and to tailor their course plans accordingly.

2017-18 School Year

Global II English (9th/10th grade)

Global II History (9th/10th grade)

Western Civilizations Literature (11th/12th grade)

US Government and Economics (11th/12th grade)

Student/teacher designed electives

2018-19

Global I English (9th/10th grade)

Global I History (9th/10th grade)

American Literature (11th/12th grade)

AP English (11th/12th grade)

American History (11th/12th grade)

AP American History (11th/12th grade)

2017-18

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra 2/Trig

Precalculus

2018-19

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra 2/Trig

Precalculus

Advanced Calculus

Student/teacher designed electives

2017-18

Chemistry (9th/10th grade)

Student/teacher designed electives

2018-19 and beyond

Biology (9th/10th grade)

Geology (11th/12th grade)

Physics (11th/12th grade)

AP Biology (on-line)

AP Chemistry (on-line)

AP Physics (on-line)

2017-18

Intro to Creative Arts II (9th/10th grade)

Advanced Creative Arts (11th/12th grade)

Acting 

Dance and Movement for Stage 1

Choir

Stagecraft 1-4

Student/teacher designed electives

2018-19

Intro to Creative Arts I (9th/10th grade)

Advanced Creative Arts (11th/12th grade)

Design Lab (11th/12th grade)

Acting 

Dance and Movement for Stage 1

Choir

Stagecraft 1-4

Student/teacher designed electives

2017-18

American Sign Language (ASL) I 

American Sign Language (ASL) IV

Spanish II

Spanish IV

AP Spanish (online)

Other foreign languages online

Student/teacher designed electives

2018-19 and beyond

American Sign Language (ASL)

Spanish 

ISW’s high school schedule provides students with a balanced combination of  instruction from ISW’s highly-qualified instructors and self-structured time for students, in consultation with their teachers and advisers, to pursue the subjects about which they are passionate and to work together and individually on major projects.

Weekly Schedule

Morning classes 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mid-morning classes will be tailored to meet the needs of teenage students, who naturally go to bed and wake up later than young children. Students meet weekly with advisers. Every student has an adviser, and advising groups stay together for four years.

Lunch 12:25 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Afternoon classes 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Performing Arts Track classes, including Acting, Dance and Movement for Stage, Choir, and Stagecraft. Several hours each week feature self-structured time for students, in consultation with their teachers and advisers, to pursue the subjects about which they are passionate and to work together and individually on major projects. In general, this time give students experience with time management in preparation for college. Ninth and 10th graders must remain on campus; 11th and 12th graders may work from home.

Several hours each week feature self-structured time for students, in consultation with their teachers and advisers, to pursue the subjects about which they are passionate and to work together and individually on major projects. In general, this time gives students experience with time management in preparation for college. Ninth and 10th graders must remain on campus; 11th and 12th graders may work from home.