Senior Project

Senior Project


Welcome to Senior Project.
Senior Project is the capstone project for students praparing for graduation from RUHS. It consists of six parts, all of which must be completed in a satisfactory manner and in strict compliance with the deadlines on the Senior Project Timeline and Calendar. In May, a review panel will evaluate the entire year’s work.

The six parts of the Senior Project are as follows:

PROPOSAL - In the spring of junior year, each student presents a proposal to a panel for mandated pre-approval in an area of study that challenges him or her and holds his or her interest during the yearlong process. The proposal includes a letter of intent, a working bibliography, a research question web, a signed mentor agreement and a parent permission form. The senior presents a proposal to a panel of community members and staff. The senior and his or her panel reach an agreement about what the Senior Project will be. (See Sr. Project Manual for more information.) 

PAPER - Each senior writes a 7 to 12 page research 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 knowledge gained from research and from working with a mentor.

PORTFOLIO - The portfolio documents the process and journey the student used to complete his or her Senior Project. It will include documents pertaining to Senior Project; time sheet that record 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.

DISPLAY - The Open House 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 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.

DEFENSE  - Each senior will present an eight to ten minute oral defense of his or her entire Senior Project to the panel in May. The oral defense is followed by a five- to eight-minute question and answer period.
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.  (See Sr. Project Manual for more information.)

Senior Project is an important way for students – and our community – to engage in an exciting learning process that allows our students to demonstrate the independent learning skills they have cultivated over their time at Randolph Union. 

Here are some of the Senior Projects from last year's seniors:

Yelena Merriam - The Excel-ent 76ers

Seth Lyon - The Making of a Board Game

Aidin Wright - Arcade Cabinet

Hailey Chadwick - Tie dye

Chelsea Kuhn - Raising and Training Sheep

Emily Baker - Kindergarten Education

Jonathan Osha - Custom Electric Guitar

Sam McIntyre - Racial Justice in VT and Randolph