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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

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