The Culminating Project
The Culminating Project provides students with opportunities to connect
school to life outside of the school. Students choose projects
that connect to vocational, academic, community service, and/or cultural
interests. These projects are the basis for students to refine and
demonstrate the skills they have gained in school while pursuing
personal interests. Students maintain learning logs and make
formal presentations about their project. Staff will use a common
checklist or rubric to review each component of the Culminating Project
to ensure that it meets CKSD standards. To download the complete
Culminating Project Guide, click here.
Components of the Culminating Project
- A proposal that includes:
- The topic and how it relates to the student's personal, community service,
career, cultural or academic interest (The CKSD portfolio may assist students in
identifying possible areas of interest);
- The stated goal of the project;
- Major steps to be completed;
- Identification of outside consultant;
- A proposed timeline for completion;
- The estimated costs;
- Parent approval; and
- School approval.*
- Presentation of the project. Staff and/or community
using a common rubric will evaluate the presentation.
- Reflective paper that is completed at the end of the project
and placed into the student's High School and Beyond Portfolio.
The paper is evaluated using a common district rubric.
- Project documentation will be placed in the student's High
School and Beyond Portfolio and will include:
- A bibliography/annotated bibliography (if applicable) of
- Artifacts of the project that document the work completed (if
artifacts are too large photos may be included)
What are the Goals of the Culminating Project?
The project must accomplish the following:
- networking in the community outside of the school (advisors, agencies, business)
- exploring an interest that connects to a student's future
- applying academic learning to a vocational, academic, or community interest
- extending learning in a way that classroom instruction cannot
Note: Activities deemed
high risk may not be included in culminating projects unless prior
approval is granted. A list of high risk activities are:
- No on-the-water/underwater projects (canoeing, kayaking, powerboat
racing, water-skiing, jet skiing, white water raft trips, rafting,
shark chumming, scuba-diving, etc.).
- No above-the-ground projects (bungee-jumping, skydiving, hang-gliding,
helicopter or plane-flying, hot air ballooning, etc).
- No mountain climbing, spelunking, rappelling, extreme snowboarding or skiing.
- No in-line
skating, skateboarding or bicycling.
- No weapons or the making of weapons.
- No racing of any
motorized vehicle (auto racing, car bashes, soapbox races, stunting, tractor pulls, etc.)
- No paint-balling.
- No athletic camps unless you have a CKSD coach willing to be an advisor--extra
- No cheer/drill competitions.
- No dog training projects.
- No tattooing/body piercing.