One of Hopkins’ special educational opportunities is the Senior Project Program. During the final academic quarter of the year, seniors may design independent programs of study or creation. Seniors create formal applications which are reviewed by a faculty committee. The application process emphasizes the bond with faculty advisers, who coach one-on-one in a unique six-week mentorship. Out-of-School Advisers are required for any project that requires additional adult guidance or supervision. Projects substitute for academic credit at the discretion of the Senior Project Committee. Most Senior Projects substitute for one course.
Students in the past have designed projects to write, build, intern, volunteer, teach, perform, create, study, and set personal challenges for themselves. Recent trends suggest that colleges are interested in seeing these projects be challenging and not recreational, since they are designed to build skills in independent discipline necessary for college.
The Senior Project Fair, held on the last day of classes, has become an inspiring and intense event. Peers, parents, underclass and teachers fill our Commons to experience and discuss projects that are often a senior's final stamp of character on their high school experience. Many alumni return to report that their senior project was a key moment both in identifying their passion and in advancing their readiness for future challenges.