The Senior Project is a selective program that involves an off-campus research project or internship of the students’ choice and design. Students select a BASIS Independent Schools faculty member as their advisor and work with a mentor at their research site. These projects may be completed anywhere in the world. At the end of the trimester, students return to campus and present an analysis of their findings to peers, staff, and parents. To remain connected to their school community while in the field, students are required to blog throughout the course of their research.
BASIS Independent Schools students team up with corporations, entrepreneurs, agencies, and researchers across myriad fields nationally and internationally. However, this is not just an internship, as BASIS Independent Schools students bring an exceptional level of expertise to the entities they support. While the average student at BASIS Independent Schools will have completed six AP® classes prior to acceptance into the Senior Project program, it is the program itself that sets students apart to the most prestigious universities in the world, and differentiates them from other graduating seniors.
The Senior Project program was developed to foster in our students valuable insight about utilizing their knowledge in the real world, while maintaining a sense of intellectual curiosity during the research-and-application process. Senior Projects require students to work at a public or private-sector institution, or to enroll in a college or university’s external study program. Ultimately, the students present their research and findings to the school community, parents, and guests. The internship or study program is typically related to the course of study the student intends to pursue following high school graduation.