The Senior Project at BCHS is designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply all that you have learned in the four years of high school to a project which will extend your learning, stretch your potential, and challenge your abilities! Completed during the senior year, the work of the BCHS Capstone Project consists of four major pillars: paper, product/performance, portfolio, and presentation. The goal is to choose a topic of interest to you and explore it. This might include investigating a topic you have always been curious about or choosing something you know a little about and taking your understanding of it to a new and challenging level. The Senior Project Concept has been highly acclaimed and proven successful in many high schools across the country.
For Example. . . A possible BCHS Capstone Project for someone who might be interested in English Language Learners might be to investigate how people acquire a second language and produce a bilingual book for young children about a cultural event (Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year, etc.). This product will require you to write the story, translate the story, illustrate the story, and bind the final copy.
This handbook will guide you through this exciting journey every step of the way. It includes the information and forms you will need to complete the BCHS Capstone Project
The Senior Project is a fitting conclusion to your high school education. It must be successfully completed as a 20% component of your senior English class, which is required for all graduating seniors, and will replace the final exam in your Literature class only. Through the project, you are able to demonstrate accumulated skills in time-management, research, problem-solving, human interaction, organization, and public-speaking. This is appropriate as the culmination of your K-12 education because these are the very skills and abilities which you will be expected to demonstrate as college students and/or employees.
Each phase must be completed and graded before credit will be given on the next component.
If you adhere to the guidelines, meet the deadlines, and put forth your best effort, you will know that you have been successful in a life-long learning experience. All information is included in your handbook or will be given to you by your English teacher. It is imperative that you maintain good attendance so that you can be aware of any changes in dates or other vital information that becomes necessary as you move through the year.
Research has repeatedly shown that when students are given clear and concise directives, coupled with exemplars, they are better able to understand what they are asked to do. Using exemplars enables students to visualize or picture what must be accomplished for a successful outcome. To aid our students in creating their Capstone Projects, we have included several exemplars in the presentations below. Please take a moment to view these, parents and students alike. Take time to discuss what a successful Capstone Project looks like. Parents, brainstorm with your students ways to begin their projects, how to narrow down their choice of research topic, how to find and access information and what materials may be available for their use.
The capstone culminating presentation is based on your research and is given before a board of judges consisting of professors and/or administrators. A student's capstone presentation should demonstrate his or her ability to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills acquired during his academic research to real-world issues. Students, with proper preparation, you will not only earn high marks, but you'll gain invaluable knowledge and skills in doing so.