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Hawaii Department of Education Senior Project Information

Beginning with the graduation class of 2010, students selecting to pursue a Board of Education Diploma must complete a senior project (one credit), meet course and credit requirements for graduation, and attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (BOE Policy 4540).

The essential components of the senior project are:

  • Research Paper
  • Project (career focus, service learning or student personal interest)
  • Project Portfolio
  • Presentation to a panel

Mentor Resources

What is a community mentor?

  • A person who will advise in the specified field of study by recommending additional resources and materials, and offer assistance in overcoming unexpected challenges.
  • A person whom the student can trust and with whom the student can develop a professional relationship with.

Who can be a mentor?

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Cannot be a family member or relative
  • Cannot be paid to be your mentor
  • Cannot be a teacher at FHS
  • Someone who will invest the time to work with you

What is a mentor's Role?

  • Advise and assist the student with the development of his/her senior project
  • Provides suggestions and advice to the student on applicable aspects of the research paper, product, portfolio, and oral presention
  • Provides accurate and honest verification of the student's work ( signing off on the time log)
  • Serves as a support and resource to the student in all stages of the project

Who can help me find a mentor?

  • Friends, family members, Community businesse, newspapers, yellow pages, professional organizations, etc.

Student Responsibilities:

  • The student's responsibility to his/her mentor is to make and keep appointments
  • Turn in appropriate assignments on time
  • Listen and follow directions and/or policies
  • Be respectful and courteous

How do I make contact with a mentor?

Contact the prospective mentor by phone, email or arrange a meeting in a public place.  When you do find a mentor, go over deadlines for the Senior Project to make sure they have the time to help you.  Inform your  parents of who the mentor will be and if possible, introduce your parents to your mentor. Your mentor sign and date your project proposal.