Senior Project

Senior Project

Senior Project

Congratulations! You are a finally a senior. One of the best aspects of this year will be completing your own Senior Project. You get to pick your own topic and create a final project that is meaningful to you.

Your Senior Project manual (distributed at the Senior breakfast and available for download or viewing in the "Documents" box to the left) contains useful information to guide you along the way.

Use this site to explore additional resources to prepare your proposal, paper, and display. Use the calendar to keep track of due dates. If you get stuck, don't hesitate to contact Ms. Floyd or Ms. Holder, or your panel head, to put you in the right direction.
The Senior Project consists of five components, 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:


In the spring of junior year, 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 Works Consulted with three MLA-formatted entries, a signed mentor agreement, a research question web,  and a signed parent and medical/liability permission form. The senior presents a proposal to a panel of community members and staff, who, together, reach an agreement about the parameters of the project. After the senior and panel head sign the agreement at the Proposal meeting in October, 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..


Each senior researches and writes a 7 to 12 page documented paper on a topic related to the Senior Project. Here is a great resource for students looking for assistance in writing a thesis statement.


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, and a journal reflecting on the work, the process, and personal growth that took place while working on the project.

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 accomplished. 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.


Each senior will present an eight to fifteen minute oral presentation of his or her entire Senior Project to the panel in May. The oral presentation is followed by a question and answer period.

If a senior does not complete any one of the five components of the project 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 the Senior Project Advisory Board to continue in the Senior Project process. Failure to complete any component 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 the OSSD’s transferrable skills Habits of Heart, Mind, and Work, as well as related Vermont Common Core State Standards.