Senior Capstone

4. Portfolio

Senior Capstone Portfolio: During the 12th grade, collect items to go in your Senior Portfolio. The portfolio is a digital (starting on Google Drive) that showcases your “best work” of your senior year. Completion is due by April 9, 2020.

Directions: The purpose of the portfolio is to create a showcase of pictures, events, papers, or products from your senior year that capture your “best work.” Items to include should come from your Senior Capstone, but you may also include items from your classes, extracurricular activities, work, or community service.


  • Include twelve required evidence pieces.
  • Include four additional items of the student's choice that meet portfolio standards.
  • Best practice: complete 5 components per grading period.

Your senior English teacher can help you with ideas for what to include in your portfolio. These should be items you are already doing in your senior year or in your Senior Capstone.

A rubric is included to guide your work.

Carefully read the Portfolio Choice Board below for required pieces of evidence.

Portfolio Menu Board

Important note regarding photos and documents: Please be sure to redact your personal information or that of other students with the exception of your name.

Required Evidence to go in Portfolio

  1. Senior Capstone Pledge Card
  2. Senior Capstone Student Timeline
  3. Proposal Pre-Approval
  4. Senior Capstone Mentor Request Letter
  5. Resume
  6. Cover Letter
  7. Proposal Research Assignment
  8. Mentor Contact Log
  9. Research Paper
  10. Product
  11. Mentor Thank You Letter
  12. Senior Capstone Reflective Essay

Choose at least 4 more pieces of evidence from the suggested list below. Ask your teacher/mentor for approval of items not on this list. All portfolio items must be unique. For example, if you upload 7 Pay Stubs, they would only count as one item.

  • High-Quality Work Photos or Pay Stubs
  • Certificates of completion, attendance, skill
  • Senior Projects in Science or Technical Classes
  • Letters of Reference (Multiple letters may count as more than one evidence)
  • Professional Business Correspondence
  • College Application copies
  • Photos of work you’ve done
  • Copy of Test Score results
  • High-Scoring tests
  • Extracurriculars (brochures, pictures, videos, etc)
  • Work Log Signed by Mentor
  • Employer/Volunteer Grade Sheet
  • Other class journals
  • Senior classroom presentations you have contributed to
  • Videos you created
  • Certifications
  • Participation in school activities (committees, planning, plays, etc)
  • Music, Stories, Poetry or Artwork created
  • Completed Job Applications
  • Discuss with your English teacher other evidence to see if it qualifies
          • Resume Builder Sources:
          • Career Kids - This site does not require an account. Students simply input their information and click a few boxes to generate a resume. The resume that is created is basic, but this site is very easy to use.
          • Resume Generator - Designed to be used by high school students. It contains written and audio tips to help students through the process.
          • - While this is not a traditional resume, it is a good place for students to create a positive digital footprint.
          • VisualCV for Students - This site allows students to create a digital resume to share online. This site has lots of examples and ideas that students will find useful.

Ineligible Evidence

Personal entertainment activity such as movies tickets, concerts, sporting events, etc.

Letters, cards, photos that celebrate routine activities (birthdays, vacation photos, etc.)

Evidence may be deemed inappropriate due to language, bullying, subject content, or if it violates the student code of conduct.

Duplicates of the same evidence. For example, you may use pictures of you volunteering as evidence, but only one picture will count in the total.