With the guidance of your academic advisor, you’ll pursue 2-3 independent academic projects per semester. These can take the form of completing an additional AP course, conducting scientific research and presenting your findings, or creating a paper or presentation to document your new understanding of an element of local culture or history. Your academic advisor will help plan and evaluate your independent studies, tracking them against the school’s learning targets to ensure that you’re getting a well-rounded education covering all academic disciplines.
Regardless of your chosen independent studies, participation in the Changemaker Curriculum automatically prepares you for five Advanced Placement exams: AP Research, AP Seminar, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, and AP Statistics. Participation in these exams is optional but encouraged. If you’d like to prepare for additional AP exams, your academic advisor will work with you to develop a course of self-study that enables you to do so.
The Capstone Project
The Capstone Project is a multi-term individual project on the topic of your choice that culminates in a presentation to the THINK Global School community before graduation. Capstone Projects may take the form of studying a global issue and designing a product or program to help address it, conducting a scientific study and presenting your findings, creating a documentary film, or other creative ways to demonstrate mastery of a subject.
As you make your way through the Changemaker Curriculum you’ll create multiple forms of academic output such as research papers, multimedia presentations, films, works of art, and creative writing. These projects go into your academic portfolio, a digital collection that showcases your progress for evaluation and assessment. As you near matriculation, you’ll edit your academic portfolio to show a body of your strongest work to universities and colleges.
Social and Emotional Development
Studies have shown a direct correlation between emotional health and learning effectiveness, which is why we make your personal growth an integral part of your education. Our comprehensive student wellness program focuses on social and emotional learning, the mind-body connection, character, and mindfulness. You’ll work with your advisor to craft an evolving personal wellness plan that may involve yoga and meditation one semester, self-discovery and social mediation the next, and organizing a soccer league the following. The result? Our students graduate as grounded, centered individuals with exceptional empathy and strong interpersonal skills.
Nothing embodies our core value of empathy more than the Changemaker Curriculum’s service learning component. Our service learning program is driven by a student-community partnership in which students identify real needs and work with one another and community leaders to actively address them. Service learning projects in the past have involved advocating for indigenous land rights, teaching English, building and repairing schools, and demonstrating the basics of dental and female hygiene to schoolchildren. Students can expect to lead and take part in community efforts that resonate with their passions and evolve depending on where we are in the world.