What if the students ran their own schools? Before you list the dystopian teen novels that idealize this concept, take note: it’s already happened — and it was a success. Samuel Levin was a high school junior when he launched the Independent Project at Great Barrington’s Monument Mountain Regional High School. Frustrated with the provided education program, Levin decided to create a new “school” based on his peers ideas. Students pose questions and work with teachers who serve as “mentors” in finding unique and alternative solutions.