The Senior Project consists of five parts, all of which must be completed in a satisfactory manner and in strict compliance with the deadlines on the Senior Project Timeline. In May a review panel will evaluate each participant’s entire year’s work. The five parts of the Senior Project are as follows:
- PROPOSAL In the fall, each student presents a proposal for an area of study that will both challenge and engage him or her during this yearlong process. The proposal must include a letter of intent, a working bibliography, a signed mentor agreement and a parent permission form. The senior presents a proposal to a panel of community members and staff, who, together, reach an agreement about what the Senior Project will be.
- PAPER Each senior researches and writes a 7 to 12 page documented paper on a topic related to the Senior Project.
- PRODUCT Each senior creates a learning experience that requires spending at least thirty (30) hours using the knowledge gained from research and from working with a mentor.
- PORTFOLIO AND DISPLAY Each student creates a portfolio that demonstrates the process the student used to complete his or her Senior Project. The portfolio must include the following:
- documents pertaining to the Senior Project
- a time sheet that records the time spent working on the product and a summary of what was accomplished during that time
- a journal reflecting on the work, the process, and personal growth that took while working on the project.
- PRESENTATION Each senior will present an eight to ten minute oral presentation of his or her entire Senior Project to the panel in May. The oral presentation is followed by a five- to eight-minute question and answer period.
After the senior and panel head sign the agreement, the panel head, a teacher at RUHS, must approve any changes to the proposal. Requests for major changes to the signed agreement must be submitted in writing to the panel head and approved by the panel.
The Open House Display in May will include the entire portfolio and product. The product might not be tangible; for example, the student might spend time tutoring or working at a service agency, but the portfolio will document what was done. Documentation might include photographs, videotape, or a slide show. Some students may wish to participate in a performance as part of the documentation of their product. This usually takes place during the Night of the Arts in May. The Senior Project Open House in May is open for viewing by parents, students, panel members and the public.
If a senior does not complete any one of the five parts in a satisfactory manner or does not meet one of the published deadlines, the student and his/her parent(s) will be notified that the senior is ineligible to graduate in June. At that point the senior may appeal to continue in the Senior Project process. Failure to complete any part in a satisfactory manner, or to meet any deadline, automatically disqualifies the senior from earning an "Exceeds the Standard" assessment on that component of the Senior Project.
The Senior Project is aligned with Vermont Standards Vital Results in the areas of Communications; Reasoning and Problem Solving; Personal Development, and Civic and Social Responsibility.