The Graduation Project has four parts: a research paper, product, portfolio, and oral presentation before a review board. These four components are designed to be a culmination of the entire high school experience. To complete the Graduation Project, students will apply skills needed to be successful in post-secondary education and careers. The project requires students to demonstrate what they know and what they can do with the skills acquired in high school.
The Four Parts
- A research paper demonstrating research skills and writing skills
- A product created through the use of knowledge and skills in a meaningful way to accomplish a goal
- A portfolio to catalogue/document tasks, record reflective thinking and insights, as well as demonstrate responsibility for learning as work progresses through the entire process
- An oral presentation, during which students become a source of information communicating their project work before a review panel.
In addition to the student requirements, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is committed to making this experience meaningful and relevant to students by involving the community in mentoring and serving on review boards for the project. If you are interested in serving as a mentor or review board volunteer for Cato Middle College High School, please contact Latarsha Hoefer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to visit the CMS Graduation Project website
Graduation Project Timeline
- Junior year: Choose a viable topic (think ahead to your product), conduct research, write paper
- Senior year: Begin/continue work on product and portfolio, complete product and portfolio, oral presentation