Senior Projects

As their final requirement for graduation, Thayer Academy seniors spend roughly one month in May completing an independent project. The goal of this experience is to give students a chance to assimilate all they have learned into an individual project that serves as a capstone to their time at Thayer. They are encouraged to focus on an area of interest during this time, particularly something which they might not normally be able to pursue.

Whether participating in one of the international trips Thayer offers or pursuing a local internship or community service endeavor, the senior project program has proven to be a meaningful transitional experience between high school and college. Through this initiative, Thayer seniors are provided with opportunities to increase their own self-reliance, give back to the community, and contribute to the common good.


Type of Project:

Students will either go on one of the trips (see below), find an internship, engage in community service, pursue an artistic interest, or arrange an independent learning opportunity.

Time Commitment:

Students are responsible for engaging with their project a minimum of five hours a day, five days per week.


Students will be expected to communicate with their site supervisor, their Thayer academic advisor, and the Senior Project co-directors throughout the duration of the project.

Final Reflection:

At the conclusion of Senior Project, students are responsible for sharing something that reflects their experience. It could be a summative paper, a form of new media (vlog, blog, website, podcast), a presentation to the community, a visual display for our campus (think science fair), or an artistic reveal of some sort. The co-directors and site supervisors work with students to support their efforts in whatever path they select.

What to Avoid:

Students cannot work directly with a family member or earn a wage for their time. 



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