Winooski School District

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WHS Senior Project

Congratulations for reaching the point in your high school career where you are ready to take on the WHS Senior Project.  This may be the biggest thing you’ve done as a high school student, it may be the most challenging, but it will also be the most rewarding.  It will be something you can remain proud of for the rest of your life.

This is a project that relies very much on you, the independent learner.  There will be supports, such as your Senior Seminar class, and your Community Consultant.  But, every step of the way, one of the important parts of this is that you, as a high school senior, are responsible for making this all come together.

The Senior Project experience has three major parts:
  1. The Project itself (your 30 hours of direct experience)
  2. The Senior Project essay (10 page, high quality paper about your experience, interviews with experts, and background research)
  3. The Senior Exposition
For more about the project, see the various files, including “Senior Project-Making It Happen.”

The core idea of the Senior Project is learning through experience.   The project you choose must involve thirty or more hours of active involvement in an activity, something new to you, that challenges you to make decisions, to encounter new kinds of problems, to be creative, and to reflect on your learning.

As you can see from the list of Senior Project Ideas, there are many ways to do this.  There are some things these projects have in common.  Note that they all start with a verb:  this is not just research learning; it’s learning by doing.  Another important thing is that they all involve making connections to the community, either as the main idea of the project, or by using people in the community as resources.  Some of the best project ideas are those where you are performing a service to the community, making a difference.

Here are a few guidelines:
  1. Get your project approved before you start.  There is a Sr. Project Proposal Form you should submit, as a Google Doc, HERE. This will include your topic, your community mentor, and your learning goals.  Later, you will be adding in your reflections as you do your project experience.
  2. You must keep a log or journal of your project work, including dates and times, descriptions of what you did, important things to remember, and reflections on your learning.
  3. Read The Community Mentor paper, and share this with your Community Mentor.
  4. Project ideas that are not about a new experience for you will not be approved.
  5. Pay attention to the deadlines.


Deadlines matter!!  These are established to provide pacing your progress.  Deadlines will come with enforced consequences regarding mandatory after school time, senior privileges, and extra-curricular eligibility.

With some exceptions, seniors also take the Senior Seminar class.  There may be other assignments related to the Senior Project in that class, even though they are not listed here.  For any seniors not enrolled in Senior Sem., you should pay attention to those assignments as much as you are able, because they are all about helping you do the best job you can.



  1. Topic and Project identified  (proposal form)
    Deadline: June 7
  2. Community Mentor approved  (C.M. Form)
    Deadline: Sept. 3
  3. Project hours underway (15 hrs form due)
    Deadline: Nov 16
  4. Project hours complete (30 hrs form due)
    Deadline: January 7
  5. First draft of Essay   (Senior Sem. class)
    Deadline: January 14
  6. Second draft of Essay   (to Mr. Crowley)
    Deadline:  February 6
  7. Final Essay  (To Mr. Crowley)
    Deadline: March 27
  8. Senior Exposition Application Form  (to Mr. Crowley)
    Deadline: May 6
  9. Senior Exposition
    Deadline: May 24