A number of seniors each year earn the opportunity to do advanced work in areas of special interest through taking courses at local colleges. Seniors, as well as other students who have shown readiness for outside experience, may be offered carefully selected and closely supervised placements in social service agencies, commercial or industrial establishments, or independent ventures related to their own interests. Credit may be earned for work accomplished in these settings. The importance of such structured external learning can be profound. Students learn that they can be productive and valued in the world outside of Stevenson.