The Ingenuity Program offers students the opportunity to engage in a talent driven, student developed course of study that allows for the time, freedom as well as structure, and support necessary to foster and augment such talents. Students choose a talent or passion they are interested in pursuing and develop a project that could revolve around that talent. Students work closely with a seminar teacher to help them structure their time and focus their ideas with the aim of accomplishing their project on time. This course is held in a state-of-the-art Ingenuity Lab, which has a 3D printer, laser cutter, milling machine and more.

  • Grades 9 in Semester 2 only
  • 10, 11, 12, PG
  • Yearlong course at 1 credit or one-semester course at .5 credit
  • State-of-the-art Ingenuity Lab including 3D printer, laser cutter, milling machine, and more

Upon acceptance into the Ingenuity Program, students work with a teacher to scaffold the necessary steps, materials needed, and time necessary to make progress toward the end result. All Ingenuity students have access to a shared online whiteboard called RealtimeBoard and update it regularly. Once a detailed actionable plan is in place, students embark on their customized curriculum with the aim of exploring and developing their known talent while creating something truly unique and memorable.

The Ingenuity Program goes beyond just the classroom. Students can use their projects to explore new endeavors, earn college credits through online courses, build college or internship portfolios, or for entrepreneurial pursuits.

Get to know our Ingenuity students and view their projects at

Student Testimonials

“I get to work alongside some of the smartest people I know. This has made me more willing to move outside my comfort zone and I now understand the importance of collaboration to achieve success.” - Davis ’16

“My favorite part of Ingenuity is being able to have the freedom to pursue something I'm interested in doing. This program showed me how to be independent, and showed me that since I am interested in this research, I can continue it into college.” - Izzy '16

“I was surprised that this wasn’t just an independent study. Mr. Ford has guided me through it, given me deadlines, and reminded me to keep up with my blog.” - Will ’16

Chris Ford, Director of Ingenuity Program
Professional Background

To apply for this Program, an application form must be completed.


Forman School
12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80, Litchfield, CT 06759
Phone: 860.567.8712
Fax: 860.567.8317


Forman School is a coeducational, preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-PG exclusively dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently.




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