The senior year at a Waldorf school is designed to be a synthesis of the students’ education and a preparation for their next step in life.
A highlight of the senior year of a Waldorf education is the senior project, culminating with an oral presentation before classmates, faculty, friends and family.
As twelfth graders stand on the edge of adulthood, they long for independence and yet are still unsure of their place in the world. The Senior Project is designed to help students begin to bridge this gap, preparing them for college studies and professional work in the world. Students must design a project that forces them to pursue a new area of interest or something that will stretch their abilities, mentally, physically and/or emotionally.
The individual projects are approved by the High School faculty and supported by an adult mentor who is an expert in the chosen field of endeavor and preferably someone outside of the familiar school community. The project scope is equivalent to one main lesson block, or about eighty hours of work, and typically extends over many months of the school year. The project culminates in a formal presentation of learning to the community. All are welcome.
Senior project topics are as varied as the individual students’ personalities. Past topics have included:
- Observing Neurosurgery
- Science through Motorcycle Mechanics
- Venetian Masks
- Metalwork and Sculpting
- Belly Dancing
- Organic Farm-to-Table Culinary Arts
- Creating a Gay-Straight Alliance
- Filming a Documentary
- Oil Painting
- Learning to Play the Banjo
- Building a Rube Goldberg Machine