The Senior Project is the crowning achievement of the BASIS Curriculum. The last two years may have looked a little different—with Senior Project research, on-site work, and presentations taking a virtual form—but our students persevered in order to complete this extraordinary milestone.
This blog sheds some light on the Senior Project, its history, our incredible advisors, and most importantly, the students who continue to show that they can and will exceed all expectations.
In their final trimester as BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students, after seniors have emerged from a deep dive into university-level, content-heavy capstone courses and completed the demanding college application process, they participate in their Senior Project—a high-level research project centered around a question or topic of their choosing. Some of our students are already a year in to the two year commitment that is the Senior Research Project.
What are Senior Projects and Senior Research Projects?
There are two different ways that seniors may participate in research. The Senior Project is the culmination of the BASIS Curriculum, and the final challenge our seniors face at the end of their academic journeys—the crown jewel of their high school experience and culmination of everything they have learned throughout their time at BASIS Independent Schools. Senior Projects started with the BASIS Curriculum Schools' network very first senior class, in the spring of 2005. This program, at its core, is an entirely student-led (though professionally supervised) independent research project. The Senior Research Project is two years in the making. Students take AP Seminar as juniors, and then tackle AP Research as seniors. They have an additional layer of oversight in their projects as they must submit their findings to the College Board for a score.
Many of our seniors are nearly ready to begin their Senior Projects, a trimester-long commitment to research, development, art, or social causes. We are thrilled to start off this new season of projects by formally announcing the 2019 winner of the BASIS Curriculum Schools Founders’ Prize for Excellence in a Senior Project: Ethan Feng!
Ethan (right) with a fellow alumnus from the class of 2019
It is with excitement and pride that we usher in this year’s grand finale of the BASIS Independent Schools academic program: Senior Projects!
In their final trimesters as BASIS Independent Schools students, after seniors have already taken a deep dive into university-level, content-heavy capstone courses and undertaken the demanding college application process, they face their Senior Project—a high-level research project centered around a question or topic of their choosing.
Last year, we saw our third graduating class of seniors at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley begin this journey and come out enlightened, confident, and humbled. In 2019, we now welcome the first graduating class at BASIS Independent Brooklyn to join the rest of our network’s seniors.
The final post in our Senior Project blog series is here! On behalf of our school community: thank you for following along, engaging with our seniors’ personal blogs, and watching with us as they become scholars in their own right. The support of our community has and continues to be the bedrock to the continued success and confidence of our students.
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Welcome to the second post in our Senior Project blog topic series! Today, we are diving into the Senior Projects focused on research related to biology and/or medicinal sciences.
It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our seniors’ projects, grouped by topic. Throughout the journey of their project, students work with experts in various fields and disciplines, coordinate with and rely on the mentorship of their internal advisor, and maintain personal blogs that document their findings.
It is hard to believe that in just a few days, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Class of 2017 seniors will present to their larger community the product (and process) of their Senior Projects.
2017 marks a very special milestone for BASIS Independent Silicon Valley - and BASIS Independent Schools at large. It is the first year students have participated in Senior Projects! We are delighted to bring to you snapshots of our students' perspectives on their participation.
Follow along with our amazing seniors as they coordinate the blog portion of their Senior Project. At this point in the year, these seniors have completed their Capstone and Post AP classes, and have settled into surveying and/or research depending on the specific discipline associated with their area of study. We are especially thrilled to see the final presentations in May as this is our first group of graduating seniors who have had the oportunity to participate in the Senior Project.
Blog posts are updated weekly, so be sure to keep up to date on our students' goings on as they work toward the completion of their projects.
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