Senior Project is Integral to a CRMS Education

by Aimee Yllanes

Senior Project is an integral part of a student’s final year at CRMS, requiring students to exercise self-reliance and responsibility. This project forms an important aspect of the transition from the relatively comfortable and familiar school community to the world beyond.

Planning the project can be an exciting and thought-provoking process. Students are encouraged to begin exploring project options at the end of their junior year, making the program one of the hallmark experiences of their transition to the new challenges and responsibilities of preparing to graduate. Students often identify unexplored passions or compelling service opportunities, or they may design a program that intensifies current interests.

AO Forbes, a senior project coordinator, says “Senior Project is the perfect bookend to Wilderness Orientation. Students take everything that they have learned during their time at CRMS and put it into practice in real world situations.”

Each senior organizes and carries out an independent, three-week project away from school and home, in which he or she works under a master, employer or with an organization.

Senior Project is the culmination of a student’s career according to Betsy Bingham-Johns, CRMS College Counselor and senior project coordinator “It allows students to be independent and give back to others. At CRMS, we are raising ethical, thoughtful human beings and senior project allows students to go into the world to ‘do good’.”

Upon their return to campus, seniors present their real-world learning experiences to peers, family, and a jury made up of students and faculty. Both the quality of the project completed and an oral presentation (a key opportunity to exhibit public-speaking skills) are evaluated, as is a reflective essay designed to help students chronicle their reflections and learning experiences. This year’s Senior Symposium was held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It was open to the public.

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