12th Grade Projects
1st Semester: Project Activism
Literacy in today’s world requires a proficiency in new skill sets. Students need to become effective communicators and lifelong learners more than ever before since they are constantly bombarded with information that demands both a critical eye and discerning empathy.
Unfortunately, many issues that affect humanity are being conveyed in ways that skew the conversation and diminish their effectiveness and relevance.
In order to reclaim that conversation and promote authentic engagement, we are challenging students to make a difference. Project Activism asks teens to produce content that speaks to current issues from their own points of view. Studies show that people learn best by teaching and also learn best from their peers, so when students exhibit a passion for an issue, they will in turn cause their peers to be more invested.
In the end, students will be able to answer the project Essential Question:
How can I make a positive difference in my community?
Mission/Vision: Your voice means something. You matter. You can make a difference. You need to be a productive/contributing member of society. Stop complaining. Do something. The world is changing. You’ll be able to vote. You are an adult. Be involved. Be an activist.
Be informed about a specific issue.
Practice persuasive techniques.
2nd Semester: Capstone Project
Capstone is a year-long, student-centered project that allows seniors to showcase the breadth and depth of their skills and content knowledge from having matriculated at International Polytechnic High School. This project is founded on the philosophy of true inquiry. Students should focus less on the final, definitive answer and more on the questions that propel their exploration. To this end, seniors are encouraged to choose a topic that elicits an authentic curiosity within them.
Topics can encompass either a personal or professional interest. Some students may use this project as an opportunity to investigate a future career path while others may choose to delve into the intricacies of a hobby or a passion. Students will conduct extensive research on their chosen topic and are required to demonstrate the depth and complexity of this investigation by formulating essential and driving questions.