This website will help you understand the Senior Project, see the big picture, plan ahead, and get started. Every attempt has been made to make this information accurate and up to date. Remember, the senior project is a stand-alone project.  Use this website to be informed and aware of each component's requirements and due dates. Your advisor's role is to keep you on track by communicating expectations, setting due dates, reviewing and performing the first read of your research essay and setting up your practice presentation, the rest is up to you.

You will complete your essay and presentation during the semester in which you are enrolled in the High School to Life class.  Please refer to the appropriate due dates.

Juniors - Class of 2021:

You will complete the application in your Junior Language Arts class.

Click on the links below:

Senior Project Application

Senior Project Application Rubric

Class of 2021 Timeline
 Request an Advisor
(Jr. ELA Class)
 January 2020
 Advisors Assigned    March 2020
Draft Application Due to Advisor March 2020
Final Application Due to Advisors 4/15/2020
Application Reviewed by Advisors 4/23/2020
Revised Applications Due to Advisors 4/29/2020
 Applications Approved5/1/2020
 Begin Senior Project5/15/2020
 Senior Project, Essay, and Presentation CompletedDependent on semester enrolled in HS2L 

What is the Senior Project?

Your senior project must show evidence of "Authentic Learning." Authentic learning can be defined as a challenging investigation that has a career connection.  A senior project shows evidence of authentic learning in four ways, some of which may be combined in one project:

1. The senior project focuses on a problem, issue, or topic that is relevant to students' lives --- the more directly, the better -- or on a problem or issue that is actually being faced by adults in the world students will soon enter.

2. The senior project improves/serves the community beyond the classroom.

3. The senior project produces a real-world product that students design/create and are used by real people.

4. The senior project involves tools, tasks or processes used by adults in real settings and by professionals in the workplace, (This type of senior project cannot be a job shadow, students must take what they learn through career exploration and do something with it).

The senior project compels students to justify their work through deep research which is articulated in the research essay.

Remember we recommend a MINIMUM of 15 hours (or more) involved in the actual project. Students can expect to spend an additional 10-15 hours in class working on the application. research essay, and presentation.

Important Notes:

All projects must adhere to Kuna School District and Kuna High School policies as stated in the student handbook and published by KSD.

Research Essay Final FALL Submission 

October 1, 2019 (midnight)

Research Essay Final SPRING Submission 

February 27, 2020 (midnight)

Papers will be submitted to TurnItIn THROUGH the Schoology Learning Management System in the High School to Life class.

Senior Project Timeline:

Class of 2020 Timeline
Specifics will be provided in
High School to Life Classes





Sept. 4

Jan. 30

High School 2 Life Class Information

Aug. 30 and Sept. 3

Jan. 27-28

Research Essay Support

High School to Life Class


January - February

Research Essay

First Draft


Sept. 19

Feb. 13

Research Essay

Final Draft

Oct. 1

Feb. 27

Research Essay

Grades Posted

Oct. 11

March 4

Presentation Sign-Up

High School to Life Class

Nov. 12-16

March 5-6

Practice Presentation

With advisor



Public Presentation

Dec. 4 (Wed)

After School/Evening 2:30 - 5 pm

April 1 & 8 (Wed)

After School

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Make-Up Presentation

Schedule with Dr. Touchstone

Dec. 9-19

Remediation April 14 (7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

April 15-30

Seniors who do not pass their Senior Project will NOT participate in the graduation ceremony, but will still have the opportunity to earn their diploma by completing their Senior Project during the last week of May in lieu of attending summer school.