Senior Comprehensives

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Definition

Senior comprehensives, a year-long culminating event that is fully integrated into senior classes (Bible, English, social studies), requires seniors to select an issue, analyze it, apply a Biblical perspective to it, and generate an action plan for it that is personal, Biblical, and viable.

Prompts

Senior Comprehensives Prompts

Assessments

Senior comprehensives is based on 4 major tasks, each of which is assessed by a panel using a rubric and worth 25% of the final mark:

  1. Research Portfolio (rubric): Establish a scholarly research base for the issue consisting of an annotated bibliography, bibliography, and interview.
  2. Project and Summary (rubric): Complete a research-based, hands-on project that addresses the issue, demonstrates personal involvement, shows resourcefulness, and engages the community. Write a summary of the project.
  3. Portfolio Issue Action Paper (rubric): Analyze an issue and current global/local* solutions to it, evaluate the issue and solutions using a Biblical perspective, and provide a personal, Biblical, viable action plan regarding the issue.
  4. Issue Action Presentation (rubric): Analyze an issue and current global/local* solutions to it, evaluate the issue and solutions using a Biblical perspective, and provide a personal, Biblical, viable action plan regarding the issue.
  • Global/local: meaning, at multiple levels, for example, school, community, city, region, NGO, country/government, world region, world/UN

Timeline

Project Examples

Senior Shepherds

Transcript Notations

The following is the wording that will be included on your permanent transcript. Each transcript will state:

The comprehensives at Christian Academy in Japan are designed to showcase a student’s talents, skills and applied efforts during a culminating event in their senior year. In a process that relies on both cooperation with the teaching staff and on independent work and problem solving, students engage an issue of their choosing as they think deeply about, and interact with, the problems of a fallen world. There are four elements assessed which are weighted equally for the final designation: Research, Writing, Project and Presentation.

Next, your rating (and only your rating, not the other levels) will be added. You will receive 1 of the following 5 ratings:

  • (Name of this student) achieved an overall rating of: Exemplary achievement An exemplary rating in this rigorous process requires exceptional work in all of the comprehensive elements and only a few students attain this highest level of achievement.
  • (Name of this student) achieved an overall rating of: Exceeds standard An exceeds standard rating in this rigorous process is a significant accomplishment and is only attained by those who achieve high marks in multiple areas of the comprehensives.
  • (Name of this student) achieved an overall rating of: Meeting the standard Meeting the standard in this rigorous process is a notable and worthy accomplishment and indicates success across all or most of the elements.
  • (Name of this student) achieved an overall rating of: Some Achievement
  • (Name of this student) achieved an overall rating of: Little Achievement

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will I graduate if I do not do well on my comps?

Yes. A poor performance will be reflected on your transcript, but it will not keep you from graduating. (Keep in mind that most of the assignments for senior comprehensives will count for a grade in a given class; the Issue Action Paper and the Issue Action Presentation will not count for a grade in a given class.)

2. Will I graduate if I do not complete my comps?

No. You will receive an incomplete and not receive a diploma until you complete your senior comprehensives to an acceptable level that reflects reasonable effort.

3. Do I have to rewrite all the papers in my writing portfolio?

No. You may submit the papers you previously submitted, although you may certainly make changes if you are able to. If you are short of time, and have to make compromises, invest your energy in the Portfolio Issue Action Paper and not rewrites of previous papers.

4. Can I cut and paste my papers throughout the year into my formal paper?

You may certainly use content from other papers, some of it word for word, but the purpose of the final paper is to synthesize what you have learned from various assignments into one formal paper.

5. Who is eligible to be on the panel for the presentation?

CAJ staff members who have a degree in education, are certified to teach, or have experience in teaching.


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