Beginning with the Class of 2013, seniors will be required to complete a project in order to graduate and receive a diploma from an Idaho high school. Typically, senior projects are meant to showcase what a student has learned during their academic career.
Senior projects generally include a written component, a portfolio documenting the student’s efforts and an oral presentation before a panel of community members, business leaders and teachers. A project can take many forms such as performances, research papers, internships or the creation of an artifact like a CD, video or go-kart. For more information visit http://www.seniorproject.net/Senior_Project_Overview.html
In Idaho Falls School District 91, a group of teachers spent months determining the best way to implement this new graduation requirement. They developed a process, as well as a student handbook that includes timelines, samples and other resources. The plans were reviewed by a group of parents and the Board of Trustees is expected to approve the project in February.
Once the project is approved, our high school counselors will introduce the project to this year’s juniors. Parents will be invited to informational meetings about the senior project in the fall.