At Crefeld, in addition to completing coursework, students must complete fifteen graduation exhibitions. Each exhibition is guided by a description and rubrics, and students must demonstrate “mastery” to pass their exhibitions. Exhibitions are evaluated by at least two faculty members. The exhibitions include the following:

Formal Writing

  • Literary Analysis Essay
  • Timed Persuasive Essay

Transition

Students create a personal transition plan exhibition with the help of a transition counselor, and create a detailed and formal plan for their post-secondary goals. This includes considerations for financial and living arrangements, as well as educational and employment goals, and often includes actual employment and/or college applications, predicted budget, and outlines of one, five, and ten-year objectives.

Mathematics

  • Calculation and Number Sense Test
  • Algebra Test
  • Geometry Test

Research and Understanding

  • History Oral Exam
  • Research Paper
  • Science Project

Technology Project

Students are required to apply technology to fulfill one other senior graduation requirement or create a technology project to stand on its own. The end product must demonstrate the use of technology in at least three of these application areas:

  • creativity
  • communication & collaboration
  • research & information fluency
  • critical thinking, problem solving, & decision making
  • digital citizenship

Self-Reflection

  • Personal Learning Reflection
  • Creative Expression
  • Public Presentation

Citizenship

  • Civics Exam
  • Leadership Project/Internship

The graduation exhibition program is important for the mastery of content knowledge and academic skills. In addition, it is an essential learning experience for seniors because, in the process of completing the exhibitions, they are learning important skills such as self-advocacy, time management, long term planning, self-reflection, and accepting and responding to feedback. For more information, Crefeld published a Graduation by Exhibition Handbook that describes this process in greater detail.