Senior Project: Creating Possibilities and Clarity North Lawndale College Prep High School 2011-2012 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.” NLCP’s Two Graduation Gateways: 25 Credits and Successful Completion of Senior Project Senior Project requires Seniors to Conceptualize possible pathways for their lives, outlining personal/professio 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 defending th projects before a panel Senior Project Pathway: done within the English Department Driving Questions emerge from all departments; research and writing 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 symbolizes the NLCP Dream: Successful Graduation from College!
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