School One in Providence RI is a pioneer in rethinking high school graduation to emphasize student mastery and demonstration of knowledge and skills. At School One we begin with the knowledge, independence and abilities we know students will need to be successful in college, at work and as positive members of their community. Every student has opportunities to develop their voice, uncover their passions and increase their responsibility for their own growth.
- completing all required coursework including credits in English, mathematics, science, U.S. history, social studies, visual and/or performing arts, health / physical education and a series of electives.
- completing a polished Senior Essay that the student will use in college application.
- completing one community service project (of at least 10 hours) each academic year.
- passing competency exams in the Humanities and Mathematics.
- presenting a successful exhibition before the Graduation Board of Review that synthesizes growth and achievement during high school and explains post-graduation plans.
An exhibition before the Graduation Board of Review, or GBR, is required for every School One senior. An exhibition is a culminating presentation requiring students to reflect on their learning and present their best work in a portfolio. Before the GBR, a board of teachers, peers and parents, students present:
- their growth, personally and intellectually.
- evidence of their community involvement, creative expression, and extra curricular activities.
- key accomplishments and achievements.
- an overview of their plans and goals for the future.