Independent Senior Project (ISP)
ISP offers an opportunity for all Form VI students in satisfactory academic and disciplinary standing to complete their Pingry education outside of the school. Seniors apply to participate a project of their own design by submitting a proposal to the ISP Committee. The ISP experience should offer students an opportunity to learn a new skill or trade, to participate actively in real-life situations in business, the arts, or a vocation, and to continue to broaden their knowledge while learning its practical application. Pingry believes this kind of experience enriches an education by requiring students to employ both new skills and previously learned concepts and to display a high degree of responsibility in the workplace. It also helps students evaluate their own areas of interest and expertise for college and career.
Each ISP is overseen and evaluated by a committee of faculty along with the student's ISP advisor and the actual job supervisor. Requirements are outlined and carefully reviewed at regular intervals to ensure the student's satisfactory completion of all requirements necessary for graduation. Students engaged in both on-campus and off-campus projects will still be expected to participate in all after-school activities such as athletics. Seniors must also complete their community service requirements before starting their ISP.
All seniors are expected to participate in ISP, and successful completion is a requirement for a Pingry diploma. Students will outline and propose their ISP beginning in December of their senior year and fulfill their proposals during the month of May—in lieu of attending classes—according to a timeline provided by the ISP Committee. Some students' startup dates may be adjusted to accommodate A.P. commitments.