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.

Juniors - Class of 2018:

Click on the links below:

Senior Project Application

Senior Project Application Rubric

Class of 2018 Timeline



Request an Advisor

Feb. 13-17

Application to ELA Teacher

March 10

Application to Advisor

March 17

Application Approval

April 4

Application Revision

April 17

Begin Senior Project

Summer 2017

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.

Important Notes:

Research Essay Submission Feb. 24th

Turnitin.com  ID & Password:





Senior Project


Senior Project


Due Dates for DTEC Students who do not have High School 2 Life class:

Application: Should already be approved 
Research Essay: Due to turnitin.com by midnight Friday, FEB. 24th.
Presentation: April 11th

Senior Project Timeline:

Class of 2017 Timeline:





Sept. 2

Sept. 9

Transition 2 Life Class Information


Jan. 26-27

Research Essay Support

High School to Life Transition Class



Research Essay

First Draft


Oct. 11-12

Feb. 8-9

Research Essay

Final Draft


Oct. 21

Feb. 24

Research Essay

Grades Posted

Oct. 28

March 2-3

Practice Presentation


Nov. 29-30

April 4-5

Presentation Sign-Up

High School to Life Transition Class

Nov. 16-17

March 20-21

Public Presentation

Dec. 6-7 Evening 4-7 pm

April 11 Tues.

8 am - 3 pm

Make-Up Presentation

Dec. 19-20

April 28 Fri.

8 am - 3 pm

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.