Senior Project:  2019-2020


Senior Project is an intership program to investigate a career.


Senior Project (Academic Option) A Senior Project is a four to six-week unpaid independent study program offering seniors an opportunity to learn in an educational environment not previously available to the student. Admittance to this program is based upon a written proposal explaining the educational value as well as the feasibility of the project. Senior Project proposals are subject to review and approval by the Headmaster. A written statement by a faculty sponsor is submitted in lieu of a grade. Participation in the Senior Project program requires punctuality, good attendance, responsible citizenship and satisfactory academic achievement. Satisfactory academic achievement is considered having no final grades senior year below a 70 and no outstanding incompletes. Students MUST fulfill their Community Service obligation by the end of the first semester of senior year to be eligible for participation in Senior Project. 

  A student will be ineligible for Senior Project if he/she has accumulated 6 unexcused tardies in either semester of senior year or if a student has lost credit in a course for excessive absences or has been removed for excessive class cuts junior or senior year.  
 Students should note that participation in a skip day will result in loss or termination of Senior Project. Skipping a class during Senior Project or a day at a student’s Senior Project placement will result in removal from Senior Project. Suspension from school during senior year may result in ineligibility for or removal from Senior Project. 

If a student is absent from Senior Project placement, the parent/guardian must call and notify the high school of the absence. This will count as an absence from school. That morning the parent/guardian must also contact the teacher mentor at the high school and the person that the student is assigned to at the senior project placement. Students should be aware that they will not be released from an Advanced Placement Course until after the AP exam for that course has been administered, and then only with teacher approval. 
Students planning to participate in a Senior Project that requires them to leave and/or return to the high school campus for classes are strongly encouraged to purchase a year-long parking pass when they are available at the beginning of the school year or make alternative plans for 41 transportation. Senior Project students have no guarantee that a temporary pass will be available once Senior Project begins.  


****Students must be in attendance at their Senior Project Placement for all of 4th Quarter.  Students may not use this time to take days off for travel, etc.

A student begins the process by submitting a one page draft of his/her idea in the early fall. Possible options include:  interning at a business, hospital, school, etc. volunteering at a service agency, working at an animal shelter or local farm, or interning at Mission Hill School in Jamaica Plain.

Project activities may not include paid work or work for an immediate family member and must be at a place of business.  Each week during the course of the project, students will meet with their faculty mentors.

In the spring, students make 15-minute multi-media presentations to an audience including mentors, parent/guardians, and peers. Presentations must be accompanied by a 3-5 page paper describing the area of study, the topics explored and the progress made.

This year, seniors participating in Senior Project will be starting their projects if they are signed out to leave all their non-AP classes and provide all necessary paperwork by Friday, April 3rd  BEFORE 2:15 P.M. Students may then begin their Senior Project on Monday, April 6th which is the first day of term 4. 


For those seniors taking AP courses, you will follow the above for your non-AP classes.  Also you will stay in your AP courses until AP exam time (beginning of May) and then you may go out of all classes provided all necessary paperwork is complete.


A full time project would end on Thursday, May 28th and involve you for the same amount time as full time internship (40 hours/week).   Because some seniors are enrolled in AP courses that cannot be completed by early April, you may choose to participate in Senior Project for fewer hours per week and then work full-time after AP exams.

How much time at Project/Attendance

Students must be in attendance at their Senior Project Placement for all of 4th Quarter.  Students may not use this time to take days off for travel, etc.

The Project will run from April 6th, 2020 - May 28, 2020.   We are not expecting students to work during April vacation.   However, you may make an arrangement with your placement to spend some time together during that week if you both agree that it would be beneficial.  Students are to be at their placement every day when they are not in classes at the high school.  So, how many hours per week is that?   Depending on the student’s schedule, the number of hours does vary.

1.         If a student is completely signed out of their classes (no AP classes) and are not on a Dover Sherborn Spring sports’ team, they are expected to work 35 – 40 hours per week.  


2.            If a student is completely signed out of their classes (no AP classes) and are on a Dover Sherborn Spring sports’ team, they are expected to work from approximately 7:30 A. M. until 1:30 or 2:00 P.M. depending on the commute, approximately 30 hours per week.


3.            If a student is taking AP classes, he/she will still need to attend this class(es) until they exam and then the student will work full-time.


4.            The student will give his/her placement mentor and in-school mentor a copy of their schedule in March.


5.         If you miss attending the placement because of illness or any other significant reason, your parents must call you in to the high school just as they would during the regular school year.  The student is responsible for contacting the placement mentor and his/her in-school mentor to notify them both of the absence.  If a student is failing to meet his or her attendance obligations, he or she will be removed from the senior project and returned to classes at the high school.



Seniors who would like to participate in Senior Project must handed in a typed full-page draft of their project proposal to Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley by December 3rd . Proposals must be formally written.   We use “rolling admissions” —early applications will be appreciated.  NO proposals will be accepted after December 3rd

In your draft, you should address:


·         What, specifically, you wish to study.

·         Detailed explanation of how project relates to a career.

·         Who will supervise your work?  You must identify both an on-site and an in-school mentor.   Remember that your on-site mentor cannot be a family member.  Make sure you ask your mentors before you turn in your proposal.

·         Where you will work/study/research—you must be supervised and cannot work at home.

·         How much time you plan to use. As you look at your second semester schedule, include from what classes you will ask to be released. 

·         If you participate in Spring athletics, please include this in your proposal for planning purposes.

·         A completed COVER Sheet, which is found on the Senior Project website

  • Placement/Site Mentor Agreement Form
  • Parent Acknowledgement Form

Remember that you will need teacher approval for any class in which you plan to sign out.  Talk to your teachers, even those whom you will not have until next semester, about their policies and requirements related to senior project, so that you will have a realistic idea about what your availability will be.  

The topic should be one that you wish to investigate in depth. Make sure that your proposal is specific; you may want to frame it with a question.  Talk with teachers, counselors, your parents and others about your draft ideas.  It is strongly suggested that your project be closely related to an area you may wish to pursue as a career. 

You will be notified of the status of your acceptance before the December holiday break.


Starting at the beginning of the second semester,


1.    You must meet with your mentor at least every other week, and must communicate with him/her weekly.  These meetings will provide the opportunity for you to clarify your topic and your plan, so that you will be prepared to engage fully in your project during the fourth quarter. 

·         Your final proposal and all paperwork will be due by February 5th to Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley.  Final acceptance of your project will occur in individual meetings with Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley during mid-March.


·         You will continue to communicate weekly with your mentor once your project begins.  This communication is YOUR responsibility.  If you do not meet this part of your commitment, mentors will be instructed to contact Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley and you may be removed from the program.  


2. If you have an outside of school mentor, he/she must complete a CORI form and nondiscrimination form.   The CORI form must be submitted submit it to the Superintendent’s Office with a copy of his/her driver’s license and the nondiscrimination form to  Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley by February 5th

***It is your responsibility to advise your mentor of this requirement.


3. You also must

·         Keep an ongoing journal or portfolio of your research and activities related to the project, and

·         Write a paper on your project that will be turned in by May 12th. The paper must be at least three typed pages long.  If you work in a group, every member of the group must write his/her own paper.

·         Create and make a presentation.

·         Be prepared for an exit interview with Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley on May 29th .


In general, the mentor will be helping the student in terms of:

a.            Responsibility

b.            Organization

c.            Log/Journal of materials used to write the final paper.

d.            Evidence of research and Project development.  


  1. During 3rd term

a.    Meet and assist the student regarding  – deadlines, etc, make final preparations for Senior Project

  1. During the 4th term the mentor will have

 .      Weekly meetings with in-school mentor

a.    Review the student’s weekly Log/Journal of materials used to write the final paper.

b.    Visits the student’s Project site, in person, at least once.

c.    Assist the student assemble/invite the committee (family & friends) to judge their presentation and review components of oral presentation.

3.    Read/ evaluate the student’s final Senior Project paper.

 .      Practice presentation with advisee.

a.    Attend/evaluate the student’s presentation

b.    Directly supervise the student if they are in the high school building.  If a student is in the building between AP’s, then they need to be working in the back of the in-school mentor’s classroom, not in the library.





A required portion of your senior project is your presentation.  All presentations will take place on Thursday, May 28th  between 3:00 and 6:30.   

You must stay the entire time to be the audience/evaluators for other students.


You will be assigned a classroom in which to make your presentation; parents and friends will be welcome to attend.  Members of the audience in your classroom, as well as your faculty advisor, will complete an evaluation form about your presentation.  Your presentation should last about twenty minutes and should include some visual component.  An evaluation rubric will be provided to guide you as you prepare your presentation.   You will stay in your room to participate as an audience member for the other seniors who are presenting in your assigned room. 


Review of Time line and Components

·         December 3rd  - Initial proposal due to Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley in room 105S.

·         February 5th    - Final plans and preliminary teacher sign out approval are due to Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley in room 105S.  Outside of school mentor completed and submitted a CORI form to the Superintendent’s Office and nondiscrimination form to Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley.  It is your responsibility to advise your mentor of this requirement.

·         March through May ongoing - Regular contact with mentor.

·         March through May ongoing - Journal/portfolio.

·         Early April - Project work begins or as per individual plan.

·         April 3rd -Sign out day for non-AP classes in order to begin Senior Project April 9th.

·         May 12th - Paper due to in-school mentor and Mrs. Bishop or Ms. Clancy-Kelley in the Google classroom

·         May 19th – presentation due to in-school mentor

·         May 26thpractice presentation done with inschool mentor completed

·         May 28th  - Presentation from 3:00 – 6:30 (entire time)/ last day at/on project.

·         May 29th  – Exit interviews




1.    Community service must be complete by January - mid-year exams.


2.    You may not have earned a sixth tardy.


3.    You also must meet attendance (absence/tardies) requirements.


4.    Your outside mentor must submit a CORI form and nondiscrimination form.


5.    You may NOT be supervised by a parent or family member.


6.    You may NOT do your project at home, in your garage, etc.


7.    You may NOT be paid for your project work.


8.    You may NOT be in school unsupervised.


9.    ******You must be available on May 28th to make your presentation. 


10. ********You are expected to be at the exit interview May 29th.


Make sure to check your email throughout Senior year.

Make sure you join and use the Google classroom once your proposal has been accepted.