The Vermont Commons School experience culminates with a Senior Project. At the end of the spring semester, students spend five weeks on their Senior Projects, instead of attending regular classes. Individual projects are designed and implemented by seniors under the guidance of a faculty project advisor. The Senior project gives students the opportunity to explore a field of interest, to pursue a possible career or to attain a skill, as well as gain a sense of the professional setting outside the classroom.
The goals of this program are to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning, to provide seniors with time to reflect on their experiences at the Vermont Commons School, and to pursue intensive study on a topic of their choosing.
The Senior Projects mark a transition point for the seniors; the program allows them to creatively tie together their personal interests and academic experiences as they make the transition from high school to future pursuits.
Wildlife Photography in the Pyrenees
Outdoor Guiding and Trip Planning
Running a Small Bakery
Cooking and Catering with Locally Raised Food
Guitar Making, Maintaining, Selling and Teaching
Marathon Planning in Burlington
Local Vineyard Production and Marketing
DNA Study of Harvester Ants at UVM
Developing Science Data Tools with Geneticists and Biologists at Jackson Labs
Building a Computer
Professional Photography Internship