WJHS Senior Projects Program
Required Documents: Proposal Form | Weekly Mentor Progress Check
Senior Projects provide
students with the opportunity to complete and formally present a challenging
culminating project during their senior year. Students design their project
around an interest they wish to pursue in great depth, working with a WJ staff
member as a mentor. Students complete a literature review once a semester to
provide research that will support the completion of their project. Upon
completion of the literature review, formal presentation, and reflection
of their projects, students will leave Walter Johnson High School with valuable
skills which will benefit their future endeavors. Students complete this course
with a greater appreciation of the community and its resources. Senior projects
prepare students for successful collegiate experiences and challenging careers.
Project Scope and Sequence
Projects are generally one semester long and can earn a student 1/2 credit. Students may enroll in Senior Projects for both semesters, but must complete two separate projects or divide a full year project into two distinct parts. The full year, one-credit option for a single project may only be completed with approval of the faculty coordinator and requires a formal presentation at the conclusion of each semester.
Student grades are determined by calculating
total points earned in a given grading period. This percentage is assigned a
letter grade according to MCPS policy*. Students grades fall into three
categories: Weekly Progress Reports (40%) , Mentor Evaluation (30%) and
Literature Review/Presentation (30%). Currently, letter grades communicate the
following level of performance:
A outstanding course performance
B very good course performance
C satisfactory course performance
D minimal course performance
E unsatisfactory course performance (not
*this includes LC, P/F, I and other grading
All required assignments are available for
downloading on Edline and Google Classroom. A list of due dates and deadlines
is also located on Edline and Google Classroom , and is handed out at the
beginning of each semester at the mandatory meeting. All assignments should be
turned in to the Senior Project bin in room 138 by the announced due
date/deadline. Late work will not be accepted. The Senior Project Coordinator
will send email reminders as well as individual feedback via Edline or Google
Classroom, so senior project students must have their email up to date on
Edline and Google Classroom.
The major element of this course is the final
project presentation which is presented during the second quarter and fourth
quarter. A separate Senior Project Presentation guideline sheet will provide
details and should be consulted.
Students are expected to work during their senior project period in the Media Center. If the student needs to complete work elsewhere at Walter Johnson due to the nature of their project, they must secure a work location during their senior project period where there will be staff supervision, and have this place approved by the Senior Project Coordinator. Students are responsible for signing the daily attendance log located in the Media Center, as this is a record of student attendance, and they are responsible for securing any required passes.