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Senior Thesis Project

Seniors at Manlius Pebble Hill are expected to complete a Senior Thesis Project (STP) as part of their final year. The STP is intended to help students become project managers by taking on projects that have deep personal meaning and providing a unique self-directed opportunity for learning and growth.

Creating an official Senior Thesis Project is a multi-step process; the first step is to complete and submit an STP Proposal. From there, students convene a STP Committee that includes an MPH and community mentor to review the proposal and offer feedback based on the merit, scope, and sustainability of the project.

The Senior Thesis Project: A Definition

The Senior Thesis Project consists of a research paper students will complete by the spring of their senior year, and a presentation to the Manlius Pebble Hill School community about their research experience and findings. Students will write the paper and prepare the presentation through one of three English classes, The Senior Seminar, or Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, or Narrative: A Post-AP Literature Seminar. In addition to the teacher of those classes, students will work with a mentor and the coordinator of the Senior Thesis Project to meet their deadlines, access resources in the community, and complete their work. Work for the senior thesis project begins in the second semester of junior year, continues through the summer, and is completed by the end of April of the senior year.

The Purpose of the Senior Thesis Project

The mission of Manlius Pebble Hill School is “to inspire our students to think critically, act responsibly, and discover a passion for lifelong learning.” Included among the School’s core values are pursuing academic excellence; cultivating inquisitive and independent learning; building self-confidence, respect, responsibility, and strength of character; stimulating intellectual development; fostering a love of learning through creative problem-solving and critical thinking; and contributing to the local and global communities. The Senior Thesis Project is consistent with both the School’s mission and its core values. Therefore, the purpose of the Senior Thesis Project is to culminate the academic experience of Manlius Pebble Hill School students in a manner that advances the school’s mission and its core values.