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Student Information

All students are expected to participate in March Intensive. Read the complete MI Student Handbook.

What types of courses are there?

Courses are organized by when they meet:
  • Half day courses AM only, PM only
  • Whole day courses
  • Local Travel
  • Distant Travel

The majority of courses meet Tuesday-Friday, however, some travel courses may go beyond those four days.

Students taking half day courses will sign up for an AM and PM course. At no point should a student select, for example, a Whole Day course along with either an AM Only or a PM Only course, because then the MI Committee will need to “guess” which is the preferred arrangement by the student at that choice level.

HACTC students will select only one AM Only or one PM Only depending upon their HACTC courses, unless they wish to participate in a different classification of course, at which point the MI Committee will inform HACTC of their decision. (Many thanks to the HACTC for their full support of allowing students to participate in MI courses at HHS that take them away from HACTC for the week.) FSA students will also want to choose carefully due to their schedules.


Some years, March Intensive runs into winter sports tournament times. Winter sports athletes should discuss the sports schedule with their coach and/or the HHS Athletic Director before signing up for a MI course.

How do I create and/or lead a course?

If you are interested in teaching a course, please note that all students leading a course must be paired with a staff member who will serve as the primary contact.

The course must support the objectives of MI and be sanctioned by the MI Committee, the Committee on Program and Procedure (CPP), and the Dresden School Board (DSB). These requirements are in place to ensure that MI offers a quality learning experience. Click on Student-initiated Proposals for more information and find a staff member to co-lead with you.

What is the registration process?

MI registration opens first to 11th and 12th graders with 12th graders receiving priority placement. A random number generator is used to provide each 12th grader with a number. To ensure the greatest number of 12th graders receive their first choice, placements are made based on their randomly assigned number This process will continue until all 12th graders have been placed, using the student’s list of preferences as course enrollments fill up. Please note that CHOOSING THE SAME COURSE MULTIPLE TIMES DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE TO BE ENROLLED IN THE COURSE; ONCE THE ENROLLMENT CAP IS MET, THERE ARE NO MORE SPOTS.

The same procedure will be followed for each subsequent grade level. If your first choice is already filled, the placement will continue as if your second choice were actually the first, and so on. In an effort to ensure 9th and 10th graders receive one of their top choices, they will be signing up for courses after 11th and 12th graders, selecting from an updated list of available courses. The MI Committee reserves the right to make adjustments in course rosters and runs wait lists as is feasible.

If you do not express preferences before the MI Committee determines course rosters, the MI Committee will assign you to a course.

The placement procedure is obviously weighted to benefit older students with the understanding that all students will benefit from the procedure at some time in their high school careers. We also feel that it is very important to have the March Intensive support of the older students, who set the tone and direction for the student body.


Please note that all students are expected to participate in March Intensive; exceptions are granted only at the discretion of the Administration. If a student receives an “NP” or “UP” grade for March Intensive, he/she will be placed at the bottom of his/her class lottery the following year. Moreover, students are expected to participate in the MI course(s) assigned to them. If there is a problem, please see an adult member of the MI Committee.

I am a HACTC student, winter sport athlete or FSA student, how do I chose a course?

The majority of courses meet Tuesday-Friday, however, some travel courses may go beyond those four days.

HACTC students will select only one AM Only or one PM Only depending upon their HACTC courses, unless they wish to participate in a different classification of course, at which point the MI Committee will inform HACTC of their decision. (Many thanks to the HACTC for their full support of allowing students to participate in MI courses at HHS that take them away from HACTC for the week.) FSA students will also want to choose carefully due to their schedules.


Some years, March Intensive runs into winter sports tournament times. Winter sports athletes should discuss the sports schedule with their coach and/or the HHS Athletic Director before signing up for a MI course.

How do I do an independent MI?

There is an opportunity for independent courses. All student proposals for the Independent Study Option will be due before courses go live online. The Independent Study Option is limited, AND AS A RESULT, IF THE ORIGINAL DEADLINE IS MISSED, THE MI COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT THE PROPOSAL.

The independent course proposal review is comprehensive. For example, family trips where recreation and leisure are the focus will not be considered for MI credit. If a student fails to meet all of the MI Independent Study Option expectations, no credit will be awarded for MI. Click on MI 2019 Independent Study Option Proposal Form for more information.

Can I change courses after I've been assigned a MI?

Students are encouraged to remain in the course that they are assigned to. The MI Coordinator will consider individual requests for courses changes if there is a clear rationale for the change. All changes must be made by the MI Coordinator. Individual course leaders may not make changes.

How is MI "graded?"

MI courses are not graded, but participation is recorded. All students are expected to participate in March Intensive; exceptions are granted only at the discretion of the Administration. Participating students receive a P for "participation", a NP or "non-participation", if the student attends fewer than 3 days, and a UP or "unsuccessful participation" if the student attends but does not engage in the MI.

If a student receives an “NP” or “UP” grade for March Intensive, he/she will be placed at the bottom of his/her class lottery the following year. Moreover, students are expected to participate in the MI course(s) assigned to them. If there is a problem, please see an adult member of the MI Committee.

How do I request financial aid?

Cost will depend on the design and offerings of a specific course. Every year the majority of courses cost $0. Students who cannot afford the cost of a course should seek assistance from the MI Committee as need-based scholarships will be available; click on Need-based Scholarship Application for more information.

How do I pay for MI? Do I get reimbursed if I cannot attend?

In most cases it will not be possible to provide a reimbursement if you cannot attend a course.

Cost will depend on the design and offerings of a specific course. Every year the majority of courses cost $0. Students who cannot afford the cost of a course should seek assistance from the MI Committee as need-based scholarships will be available; click on Need-based Scholarship Application for more information.

While enrollment numbers per course may be limited, the large number and diversity of course offerings are meant to ensure a quality experience for all participants. Students and their families will have the responsibility of choosing courses that best match their passions, interests, or desires. You will be notified of the deadline for a NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT.

What happens if there is a snow day?

The school and/or your individual instructors will send out information. In some cases, a snow day may lead to the cancellation of a travel course. In that situation we will work to refund as much as we can, but it is unlikely that the entire amount will be refunded due to third party cancellation policies. In some cases, some travel trips may change their dates of travel. Non-travel MI courses will operate on a shortened schedule and will not meet on a snow day.