Requirements for the Rutherford County Schools Graduation Project
- Paper: A 5-10 page research paper related to the project topic. The paper is meant to stretch the knowledge of the student and expand the scope of the information and learning. Research writing for the project begins in English 3.
- Product or Fieldwork: Each student must spend a minimum of 15 hours outside of the classroom developing a physical product or participating in fieldwork that is related to the research topic. Students are to demonstrate a learning stretch through this aspect of the project. The product development must be supervised or guided by a Faculty Advisor or APPROVED Community Mentor who is an expert in the field of the topic. Students must keep Verification and Reflective logs that document the work throughout the process. The Faculty Advisor and/or Community Mentor checks the Verification Logs throughout the process, as well as reads and signs the Reflective Logs, and verifies the work completed. The product or fieldwork is meant to STRETCH the learning and knowledge of the student
- Portfolio: This is a documented and organized history of the project and the student's work on it over the course of the four years of high school. The portfolio follows the project from start to finish. It includes the revised research paper, all paperwork related to the project, reflective logs, samples and evidence of the product, and any other pertinent information related to the project and the student's learning stretch throughout the course of high school. **All students will organize their portfolios on a Google Site.**
- Presentation: The student presents an oral and visual professional presentation of the project to a board of school and community members. The student is evaluated on the evaluated on his/her ability to professionally present a 7-10 minute rehearsed oral presentation, incorporate visual/audio aids during the presentation, demonstrate knowledge and mastery of skills in the area of the project, and answer questions from the board.