Each year the senior class at Sandia Prep
participates in a unique learning opportunity called Senior Experience.
Students are released from classes for 2 ½ - 3 weeks to pursue a passion or
expand their interests and abilities in a professional setting, working with
supervisors or mentors who have chosen to share their knowledge, experience,
and talents. These seniors develop personal goals to frame the experience, and
they then evaluate the fulfillment of their stated goals through a completed
project and public presentation.
Senior Experience is a process that begins in October of the senior year with an introductory work session to initiate discussion and develop ideas about what topics each senior might be interested in pursuing. Topics have included everything from shadowing local physicians, to traveling to China, Africa or Mexico, to creating art, to performing theater or opera. Then through a series of worksheets, discussions, and individual research, each senior finally submits a formal proposal for his or her project at the beginning of February. The projects are reviewed and approved by a faculty committee and each senior embarks on his or her individual experience at the end of April.