An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12

Senior Projects

Senior Project Description
The Senior Project is the culmination of our students' studies at Crystal and provides an opportunity for them to show the best of their talents, interests and research efforts. In the week before graduation, each member of the senior class presents a thoughtfully prepared, fully researched and polished talk on the project that he or she has developed during the second semester.

The Senior Project program allows seniors a variety of ways to explore such interests by one of the following methods:

   1. Research:  to answer a specific question in a specific area of one of the following suggested categories: geography; psychology; art history; history of religion; sociology; philosophy; literature; history; ancient texts; popular culture; ethnic studies; basic and applied sciences; astronomy; number theory, etc.
   2. Workplace Internship:  to investigate the work environment in business, law, politics, the arts, biotechnology, advertising, etc.
   3. Community Service Internship:  to investigate an area of service in places such as homeless shelters, hospitals, children’s centers, schools, playgrounds, environmental programs, prisons, etc.
   4.  An Original Artistic Work:  to create a polished work that is the culmination of a process of refinement and revision of an artistic piece in any of the following fields: music, visual arts, creative writing, dance, choreography, video production.  
   5. An Engineering Project:  to build a mechanical device, a structure or a piece of software.  

Each of the categories mentioned above has a particular set of requirements.


A sample of recent Senior Projects:
  • Internship at Latitude Food Allergy Care and developing a video to educate families about allergy treatment
  • Evaluating the effects of exercise on cancer and coronary heart disease
  • Designing and creating an Opus Anglicanum European Medieval Embroidery
  • Designing and building a static pressure computer case fan
  • Exploring the religion of Buddhism
  • Producing an original EP album
  • Writing a physics children's flipbook
  • Analyzing gender discrepancies in mathematics
  • Evaluating smartphone screentime in the Crystal community
  • Designing an avalanche safety backpack

Nondiscriminatory Policy: Crystal Springs Uplands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.