graduate from Sedona Red Rock High School, each senior will
successfully complete one Exhibition, an alternative way to assess
student achievement. The Exhibition project will demonstrate that the
senior possesses the habits of mind, heart and work that the school
values while applying critical thinking skills that are necessary in
today’s world. Exhibitions are an honorable way for each senior to
demonstrate that he or she can do important work and have a capacity for
deep learning. The expectation is that the preparation of this project
will stretch the student’s abilities beyond those demonstrated through
class projects and other assessments.
Exhibition consists of these parts: understanding the task and planning
how to do it; doing the work itself; presenting the Exhibition to a
panel of three adults and responding to questions about the Exhibition.
The faculty of SRRHS is confident that students who have worked hard in
their high school careers can succeed at an Exhibition.
Find a topic of interest that impacts people and the world they live in.
Begin to formulate a thesis/hypothesis in the form of a question.
Think specifically about expected/irrefutable evidence and claims and counterclaims.
Develop a proposal, consulting with a faculty sponsor and/or teacher.
Select components of the Exhibition that are necessary for credibility.
Move through the approval process via 3 members of the Exhibition Committee and faculty sponsor.
Components of the Exhibition:
Research Paper 12-15 pages in length with in-text citations and a works cited.
An oral Presentation 30 minute in length presenting a different aspect
of the topic, which was not discussed in the research paper but still
proves the thesis/hypothesis.
A visual that accompanies the oral presentation, which can include but
is not limited to: iMovie, PowerPoint, demonstrations, specific props,
A reflection presented at the end of the paper or orally the evening of the Exhibition Oral Presentation.
Process Folio, which chronicles the entire 14-week
student is required to write an Exhibition proposal by following the
proposal- writing rubric. Students then submit their proposals to the
faculty for critique, and after several drafts the students will obtain
signatures from three Exhibition Committee members. As the Exhibition is
a culmination of the students’ academic experience, the faculty expects
that the students' work will reflect the skills and knowledge gained
over their four years. Further, this Exhibition will demonstrate that
the students can go beyond the classroom environment and work
independently towards their goals.
student will write a 12-15-page research paper, which will include
fabulous research and appropriate documentation. Each senior will have
one faculty member for consultation throughout the Exhibition process.
This sponsor will also serve as the “editor” of the paper. The student
will perform a minimum of 4 drafts, but the average number of drafts is 7
so there will be many edits and revisions.
process folio chronicles the work on the Exhibition. A complete student
process folio contains: initial moments when ideas jelled; collection
of works by others that proved influential or suggestive; interim and
final drafts; self critiques and critiques by peers, informed mentors,
and outside experts; and finally some suggestion of how one might build
upon the current project in future endeavors.
oral presentation occurs approximately 15 weeks into the semester. The
presentation will be a 30-minutes, which includes a 20-minute minimum
presentation, and a 5-10 minute minimum question and answer period.
oral presentation will include visual elements for the judges. The
visuals can vary and are specific to the topic being researched.
entire project is broken into different components so that students can
learn how to manage a task of this magnitude; therefore, students must
meet all due dates throughout the 14 weeks. When students do not meet
these due dates points are taken away from the individual assignment,
running the risk of not graduating or earning a needed credit.
three weeks before the end of the semester, the oral presentation,
final research paper and process folio will be assessed by a committee
consisting of teachers, administrators, and community members for
“Mastery” or “Pending.”
The assessment of the Exhibition will be based on a common standard
created by the Exhibition Committee. The evening of the Exhibition
presentation students will receive “Mastery” or “Pending.” Mastery
indicates that the student achieved his or her goal and did everything
expressed on the proposal. A pending requires the student to work an
additional 3 weeks in order to receive mastery by the semester end.
class is a one-credit class. Students will receive 0.25 credit on their
transcript upon receiving “Mastery” showing as a “pass;” AND a 0.25
credit, with a letter grade on their transcript for actual progress in
the Exhibition class.