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North Carolina Graduation Project. Millbrook High School. What is a Graduation Project?. Student guided learning Individualized learning for all students Performance based Based on 21 st century learning skill Rigorous.

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North carolina graduation project

North Carolina Graduation Project

Millbrook High School

What is a graduation project

What is a Graduation Project?

  • Student guided learning

  • Individualized learning for all students

  • Performance based

  • Based on 21st century learning skill

  • Rigorous

North carolina graduation project

The project will be finalized in the senior year.However, students will build the skills necessary beginning in the ninth grade year.

History of graduation project

History of Graduation Project

  • Began in Oregon by Carleen Osher

  • Implemented school-wide by Osher in the late 80’s

  • SBOE passed NC mandate in 2005

  • Only one high school in Wake county currently is completing the Graduation Project

Four components of graduation project

Four Components of Graduation Project

  • Paper

  • Product

  • Presentation

  • Portfolio

The Four P’s of Graduation Project

Paper requirements

Paper Requirements

  • Has length of 8-10 pages

  • Includes “Works Cited”

  • Uses no fewer than 4 sources

  • Research performed during Junior English

  • Final paper completed in Senior English

  • Will be graded using State Rubric



  • Is a tangible extension of the research- “a learning stretch”

  • Physical representation of the research topic

  • Must involve a specific number of hours of effort (minimum 15 hours)

  • Scored on a statewide rubric

What could the product look like

What could the product look like?

  • Community Service Project

  • Career Exploration

  • Service to the School

  • Artistic or Craft Project

  • Working with Vehicles, Animals, Plants or Food

  • Learning a New Art, Skill, or Sport



  • Provides opportunity to reflect back over their learning and synthesize information acquired during all phases of the graduation project

  • Gives the learner the opportunity to share their experience and expertise with community members.

  • Allows for an increase in competence

    and accomplishment

What is a portfolio

What is a portfolio

  • The portfolio is a documentation of the student’s journey:

    • beginning with preparations,

    • continuing with the paper and product, and

    • ending with the presentation.

  • Written and pictorial evidence of growth

Student timeline

Student Timeline

  • Identify a topic of interest during Junior English

  • School based advisor assignment will take place 2nd semester of Junior Year

  • Summer: begin work on product and maintain portfolio

  • Complete research paper during Senior English

  • Present 2nd quarter of Senior English

Mhs graduation project information resources

MHS Graduation Project Information Resources

PTSA newsletter

School wide phone messages

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