Experiential Learning

Unique learning opportunities at USchool challenge our students to grow into confident leaders, critical thinkers, and expert problem solvers.

Passion and Proficiency Projects

Students with high academic, creative, or athletic capabilities, skills, or talents are given opportunities to investigate and develop their passion through special projects. They are also able to participate in activities relating to those specific areas of interest. This introductory project is designed to give students a glimpse into areas of future study through conversations with field experts, special readings, and/or shadow experiences. Students are also encouraged to pursue passions with their teachers as part of the in-class differentiated instruction process.

Immersion Projects

Students are given the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities with field experts that are related to each student's specific area of interest. This program is designed for students who wish to explore a specific career path and are interested in gaining more detailed knowledge of that particular field of study.

BOLD (Beyond Observation, Learning and Doing)

In this highly structured program, mentors and students are matched in cutting-edge research studies and/or experiential problem-based projects in the student's area of interest. Interaction between the student and mentor is continuous and hands-on, allowing each student to gain an in-depth understanding of that particular field of study and career.

Independent Research Study

This curriculum-based program is a two-year, advanced level, one-credit per year course designed to assist students in the planning, execution, interpretation, and presentation of an in-depth qualitative or quantitative research project. Students who participate in this program, will work closely with an NSU University School research teacher, an NSU research professor, and a field expert to implement an independent research project that will affect change locally and globally.