The Senior Project is designed to be the culmination of the academic experience at The Williams School. It is a privilege accorded to seniors that challenges them to take ownership in their education and development as life-long learners. The Senior Project provides students the opportunity to merge interests, passions, and curiosity with the skills they have learned throughout their career at Williams. Moreover, it is an opportunity to create an independent experience beyond the classroom, focusing on inquiry and personal growth.
Students who take on a Senior Project will plan, organize, implement, evaluate, document, and represent a sustained and transformative life experience through experiential learning. Projects may be related to career choice, a desire to serve the community, a topic for independent research, or a combination of these.
The Senior Project will have four core components: proposal, project, paper, presentation.
To undertake a senior project, a student must be in good standing academically. In “good standing” means that a student’s level of achievement has not diminished appreciably during the second semester and that all assignments have been completed. Students “not in good standing” will be asked to complete all outstanding work before beginning a project OR they may be denied permission to undertake a project.
Throughout the Senior Project Proposal process, it is important for students to remember that they are applying to have a privilege granted. The Senior Project Committee will evaluate the quality of the vision, organization and planning, a clear intent and learning outcome, and sincerity in the approach to the project and this process. The Committee reserves the right to request revisions or more information about possible projects. The Committee also reserves the right to deny proposals that are incomplete or submitted late.
A student who successfully completes a senior project will have a “P” recorded on his or her transcript; those seniors whose projects are approved and do not meet the minimum expectations will receive an “F.” There will also be a brief commentary regarding the paper and presentation included in each student’s report card. Additionally, a project evaluation must be submitted by the Project Supervisor; evaluation forms will be provided by the school. Students who choose not to do a project, who do not qualify academically, or who do not submit timely and appropriate proposals will continue in all classes through graduation. Students who do not participate in a Senior Project will be expected to attend school daily, complete all course material, and take final exams.