The Buncombe County Schools Graduation Project is a course requirement of English IV. The purpose of the project is to provide students with the opportunity to pursue interesting and meaningful work using the skills and maturity gained through the high school experience. The BCS Graduation Project has four components.
1) During his or her junior or senior year, each student will select a topic of personal or professional interest that will be the basis for a research paper. The research must include a variety of primary sources (personal interviews with experts) and secondary sources (articles/books/Internet).
2) During his or her senior year, each student will complete a practical experience that relates to the topic. The practical experience may take many forms such as:
· Preparation for and performance of a skill (example: learn and play a musical instrument).
· Production of an item (example: design and build a piece of furniture).
· Participation in an activity that reflects a future professional interest (example: attend CPR classes and receive certification for future as an EMT).
Whatever the practical experience, the student will be required to document his or her activities in some way. Students should plan a minimum of fifteen hours to complete the practical experience. Many students spend significantly more time. With permission, juniors may begin their practical experience prior to enrollment in English IV.
3) Seniors will compile a portfolio that will contain documentation of work on the BCS Graduation Project throughout the semester.
4) Seniors will present a five to eight minute speech to a panel of three to four faculty and community volunteers on Board Night.
Students who do not complete every phase of the