Senior Thesis & Senior Project
The senior thesis and senior project are the culminating academic experiences of your student’s career at The Park School. These graduation requirements create a tremendous opportunity for students to truly pursue their interests both through the process of developing and defending a thesis and through a self-designed educational experience. The ability to successfully complete these two tasks is equal to any college learning experience your student will encounter.
At Park, successful completion of the senior thesis is required for graduation. Each senior will write a Modern Language Association-style evaluative research paper of at least 12 pages. The topic is selected by the student and approved by the Senior Thesis Committee. This paper is a guided endeavor that students complete over a measured period of time with established checkpoints from onset through completion. Students meet regularly in a class called Senior Seminar in which two teachers, the Director of College Counseling, and the Upper School Head guide them. Worksheets and rubrics for each step of the project are used to instruct and to keep the process organized. Toward the end of the school year before seniors leave for their Senior Project experience, students present their theses to an audience of their peers, teachers, and parents.