The Darrow Postgraduate Program


A year of independent thinking, academic challenges, and a clear path to college

An additional year of study can bring it all together: intellectual focus, self-directed study, improved academic skills, and a clear sense of your potential. That’s the purpose of Darrow’s Postgraduate Program: to give high school graduates a way to continue building, growing, and advancing before college or university.

Customize your Postgraduate year

One of the key attributes of postgraduate work at Darrow is that students can shape the experience based on what they need and want to accomplish. 

Options include:

Traditional Course Work

Some students decide to create a program around Darrow’s comprehensive selection of hands-on, active curriculum courses. This option allows students the flexibility to strengthen and hone their academic abilities, improve study skills, and make time for personal growth, as they gain a competitive advantage in the college admissions process. Our small class sizes result in more one-on-one attention from the teacher.

Independent Study 

 Students who want a self-directed program, independent study offers a “makerspace” environment in which students can develop innovative projects of their own design. With faculty mentorship and guidance, they will learn process and time management, methods for overcoming obstacles, and how to achieve specific outcomes. 

• Budget of up to $5,000 will be granted for project research and development. 
• Internship and externship opportunities are available.

The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge 

Named for Darrow graduate and lunar astronaut Pete Conrad (Class of '49), the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge provides an outstanding opportunity to participate in a nationally recognized entrepreneurial challenge. Students work together in teams of two to five members, developing solutions to some of the world’s most complex technological, energy, and health problems.

Key features

• Competitive application process 
Small class sizes; 4:1 student teacher ratio
• Opportunity for stronger academic skills, test scores, and college readiness 
• Course in financial literacy 
• ESOL available for students who want to improve English language skills 
• Semi-independent on-campus housing 
• Access to campus life, sports, and all school resources including Academic Mentorship Program
• Certificates and transcripts awarded upon completion

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