Practicum are learning experiences that take place outside the classroom.
Parents and students know that extra-curricular activities are essential
for college admission. These activities demonstrate leadership, development
of interests, commitment, and the ability to delve deeply into an area
of passion. Through concentrations, we intentionally develop activities
that directly relate to the concentration. Practicum helps students rule
in/rule out potential careers and majors, provides excellent answers to
typical admission essay prompts, and clearly demonstrates student ownership
of their own growth. These experiences also provide great opportunities
for students to connect with and learn from adults outside the classroom.
The Concentration deans plan a variety of Practicum experiences for students,
but students can also propose experiences that they design for themselves.
There are three main types of experiences: 10, 20, and 30 point experiences.
To earn the points, the student must complete the activity and write a
short reflection on what they learned from the experience. These reflections
could very easily form the basis of the student’s college admission
essays. To complete a concentration, students must earn at least 100 Practicum
points and some points must be earned each year in grades 10 to 12.
Practicum Descriptors and Point Values
“Exposure” (10 Points)
Experiences that last from an hour to one or two days. Examples include
meeting with professionals in the field, museum visits, lectures at colleges,
and business tours.
“Commitment” (20 Points)
Experiences that require at least weekly participation spread out over
several weeks. Examples include afterschool productions, internships,
volunteering, science fair projects, leadership roles in organizations,
and academic competitions.
“Immersion” (30 Points)
Experiences that require 24/7 participation for several days. Examples
include mission trips, college summer enrichment programs, and other school
trips such as the Silicon Valley Business Plunge or the China Trip.
To learn about practicum opportunities specific to your concentration,
click on the appropriate link:
Health & Environment |
Ministry & Social Justice |
Perf. Arts & Media |
Visual Arts & Media
Practicum Reflection Form
Practicum Proposal Form