With few exceptions, every high school senior attending a
Sacramento City Unified School District high school must complete
a senior project during the second semester of twelfth grade in
English class. The senior project is designed to provide a
student with the opportunity to demonstrate all that s/he has
learned in four years of school high school. The senior project
is intended to challenge abilities, stretch limitations, and
provide a sense of accomplishment.
About the senior project
The senior project consists of four major components: the
project, the paper, the portfolio, and the presentation. See the
Senior Project Handbook to learn more about the process, access
necessary forms, and become familiar with the timeline for
Preparation for the senior project begins the second week of
school in early September; the process concludes in late
April/early May with the presentation of the senior project
before a panel of judges. For the student, completion of the
senior project requires a significant investment of time,
attention, and effort. Academy’s on campus may have distinct
requirements that may vary from the general program.
The project is the core of the senior project experience.
Selection of a project is at the discretion of each student. The
project should lead the student to (1) explore a new interest or
experience; or (2) build on an existing ability or skill that
propels a student to a more challenging level.
After a student has decided upon a project, s/he—with teacher
guidance—will select a controversial issue related to the chosen
project. A student will write a research paper covering the
The portfolio stores all the documentation a student amasses in
preparing the senior project. Much of the work is done outside of
class; a student is required to keep accurate records of time
devoted, money spent, locations visited, those interviewed, and
information obtained. The portfolio is graded for completeness
and attention to detail by a student’s English teacher and
reviewed by a senior board of judges.
Before graduating, a student will formally present his/her senior
project before a panel of judges including parents, teachers,
fellow students, and other community members. The student will
share all the work related to the project and the paper, the
process followed, information learned along the way, and personal