Grade 12 at Ross prepares students for the increased independence and responsibility of college academics.
Senior year, or grade 12, is designed as a capstone course, revisiting the Spiral Curriculum and looking toward the future. As such, the year serves as a transition from Ross School to institutions of higher learning, providing a college-like experience and expectations for upcoming Ross graduates.
At the beginning of the year, students embark on self-defined Senior Projects that engage their focus for two terms, during which they delve into exploration of an area of interest, demonstrate integrative and independent thinking, work closely with a faculty mentor, and discover themselves as learners and producers.
By the time they graduate, Ross School students are equipped with a global perspective and a host of experiences that prepare them for a lifetime of learning.
The Senior Project is the culmination of a student’s learning experience at Ross.
The process of planning and executing the Senior Project to completion allows students to pursue their passions through a self-directed project that integrates such Ross School principles as multiple intelligences, cultural historical context, personal reflection, problem posing and solving, applied media/technology for research and communication, and pursuit of excellence. Students present their end products to the community at an exhibition, followed by individual presentations about their process, product, and conclusions.
A faculty mentor, acting as facilitator, teacher, advisor, editor, critic, and advocate, works individually with each student and is key to supporting and challenging the student through the evolution of the project. By the conclusion of their Senior Projects, students gain both deeper understanding of the topic of their choice and metacognitive insight into themselves as learners and producers.
Ross School offers a postgraduate program that is open to all students who have earned a high school diploma and are looking to enhance their study skills and or strengthen their academic profile.
Ross postgraduate students are considered members of the senior class, following a modified senior schedule that has been designed to meet the specific needs of each individual. Students work closely with a college counselor, an advisor, the Director of Senior Projects, and the Director of Academics to create an experience that prepares them for college.