5 Fun Facts About Masterworks 

1. Two Words: Ted Talk – Can a 14-year-old be expected to conduct a public presentation similar to a TED talk? Absolutely! Our school students have been doing so for 26 years through Masterworks.
2. Self-directed, Self-selected and Self-presented, this Masterworks independent study project marks a significant academic achievement at IPS.
3. A Graduation Milestone – The Masterworks independent study project is compulsory for every grade 9 student to complete as a graduation milestone at Island Pacific School.

4. Expert Support – Students are mentored through the process by expert advisors – leaders in their respective fields – who act as external advisors. Working collaboratively with Island Pacific faculty, advisory committees guide Grade 9’s through the Masterworks process which provides a foundation for academic achievement
5. Project Diversity – we love the diversity of projects the students come up with. In past years, students have made documentary and animated films, created original works of art, written extensive research papers, written and published a novella, and built an actual boat!

Masterworks Program 2022

Questions about our livestream? Contact Scott Herrington scott.herrington@islandpacific.org

Kalan McKie on Entrepreneurship

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Anika Horvath on Greek Mythology

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Aviva Rabinowitz on Examination of the Myers-Briggs Test

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Sam Florin on Computer Generated Imagery Animation

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Masterworks Project Requirements

The project requires that students:

+ Produce work that surpasses their previous accomplishments
+ Conduct in-depth research
+ Communicate their understanding to academic advisors and the general public in an oral presentation that also serves as a defense of their scholarly and creative pursuits
+ Critically reflect on input they receive throughout the school year by experts and mentors who serve as external committee members.

External Advisors

Students are mentored through the process by expert advisors—leaders in their respective fields—who act as external advisors.

Working collaboratively with IPS faculty, advisory committees guide Grade 9s through the Masterworks process that puts students at the centre of their learning and that provides a foundation for academic achievement.

Interested in becoming an external advisor? Contact us!

Project Topics

In past years, students have made documentary and animated films, created original works of art, written extensive research papers, written and published a novella, and built an actual boat.  These middle school activities and projects reflect the uniqueness and interests of our individual students.

We love the diversity of projects the students come up with and, while each project is unique, what is common among them is that a highly focused level of scholarship, academic inquiry, and creativity underpin original questions asked by our students about the world in which they live.  This diversity is reflected in our middle school curriculum.