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Senior Project: Creating Possibilities and Clarity North Lawndale College Prep High School 2010-2011 The Mission of North Lawndale College Prep High School: The mission of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School (NLCP) is to prepare young people from under-resourced communities for graduation from high school with the academic skills and personal resilience necessary for successful completion of college. To this end, NLCP will • Expect nothing less than high academic standards for all students. • Provide a challenging curriculum, extra resources, and the support necessary to achieve those standards. • Assemble and support a superlative faculty, staff, and administration to collaboratively accomplish this task. • Integrate the best technology to assist in all aspects of student development. • Serve the wider North Lawndale community NLCP’s Two Graduation Gateways: 25 Credits and Successful Completion of Senior Project How Senior Project Links to NLCP’s Mission (from NLCP’s Student Handbook): At NLCP we believe in people creating an “Intentional Life.” A person’s life can be “accidental” or “intentional.” The Accidental Life just happens – there is no particular plan, priorities, or guiding principles. In the Accidental Life, accidents happen. Accidental people lose their way. In the “Intentional Life,” people have clear goals in mind and are committed to a way of getting there. The big dreams for their lives come with a specific blueprint. People know where they are going and how it is they will get there. Intentional people make their own way. NLCP wants to make sure that when our seniors leave, they know where they are going. The Senior Project is designed to help graduates become “full grown.” We want NLCP graduates to make the transition to adulthood and take responsibility for setting the course for their life that will be filled with success. We expect students to take with them after graduation a belief in themselves that says: “I have power. I can make change occur in my life. And, I have a responsibility to serve my community to make change occur to benefit the lives of others.” Original Guiding Questions for Senior Project (from NLCP’s Student Handbook): In answering these questions over the trimester, students will do the following: • Conceptualize possible pathways for their lives, outlining personal/professional goals and strategies to get there • Create a project to help them explore one of these pathways • Demonstrate proficiency in research • Demonstrate proficiency in writing • Demonstrate proficiency in oral presentation by presenting and defendi their projects before a panel Present Senior Project Pathway: Within the English Department Senior Completes Research Process Senior Completes Essay Process Senior Completes Presentation Practice Senior Presents to Independent Panel (The grade for this stage is the Graduation Gateway.) Senior Project is simply a symbol of the NLCP Dream...
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