Passion Project

The 8th grade Passion Project is the capstone activity for students at Westside Neighborhood School. The purpose of the project is for students to engage deeply in a topic about which they are passionate that has the potential to positively impact others.

With a foundation in the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals, the intent of this project is to create a culminating experience for our students that helps them capitalize on their interests and integrate the various skills and understandings they have gained during their tenure at WNS. Equally, it is an opportunity to impact a community in need or to resolve an existing challenge or problem.

This project is intended to embody the spirit of our school’s mission statement: “to create a community of lifelong learners that contributes to the world with confidence, creativity, curiosity, conscience, and compassion.”

During Passion Project, students have:

  • identified a problem in the world that they are passionate about and want to fix.
  • aligned this problem with one of the 17 U.N. Global Sustainable Development Goals.
  • conducted research about their problem, potential solutions, and organizations they might be able to partner with.
  • developed a solution or plan of action and submitted a detailed proposal of their idea to the Passion Project Committee for approval.
  • completed an interview with an individual who helped them to better understand their target issue.
  • worked closely with a WNS faculty/staff mentor who has guided them throughout the process.
  • created a final product or presentation to be displayed at Open House.

This website is organized by graduation year. Each page contains links to every student project website. See the latest student projects here.