A graduation requirement introduced in 2008-2009, the Independent Learning Experience (ILE) gives Winsor seniors an opportunity to pursue a specific interest independently. Each student designs her own project, guided by a faculty advisor and a mentor/supervisor in her area of interest. Winsor students engage in the ILE during the final four weeks of their senior year.
The ILE encourages each senior to explore her passions by pursuing a project of her choosing. Students can complete an off-campus internship, conduct research, engage in the arts, or serve the community.
Perhaps most important, the ILE seeks to give students a chance to rely on their own self-discipline and motivation to accomplish their objectives. The freedom of these projects helps to prepare seniors for the transition from secondary school to college.
Independent thinking and learning is a core principle of Winsor’s mission and curricular philosophy. As the culminating educational experience, the ILE challenges seniors to apply important skills they have gained in problem-solving and decision-making. Through this process, Winsor seniors take responsibility for their own learning.
The ILE is beneficial for both the seniors and their mentors/supervisors. Students have the opportunity to make an active and meaningful contribution, and to receive valuable experience in return.