Each student is working on a Culminating Assessment Portfolio. Completion of a Portfolio is required for graduation from any high school in the Vancouver School District.
The Portfolio is designed as a powerful tool to help each student:
Parents are encouraged to work with their student as he/she develops a Portfolio. Parents should ask questions, encourage the student to do his/her best work on all aspects of their Portfolio, talk often with the student about his/her goals and post-high school plans, and share occupational experiences and values of their own. Parents also are encouraged to review all items in their student's Portfolio to make certain they are error-free.
The Portfolio is a student's collection of information about his/her personality, aptitudes, career interests and research, goals, achievements, academic skills attainment, grades, school attendance, certifications, and school and community activities. The Portfolio is intended for students to use during high school, as well as during their post-secondary education and career(s). Students will be able to use selected items from their portfolios for many different purposes during and after high school. These include applying for awards, scholarships, internships or college admission; compiling a resume; and preparing for a job interview.
Each year during high school, each student presents the work he/she has accomplished on his/her Portfolio so far to parents/guardians during student-led conferences (grades 9-11) and to a panel composed of school personnel and/or community members (grade 12). For completing a Portfolio and a Senior Project, each student will earn .5 miscellaneous credit. Examples of items a student is apt to put into a Portfolio include printed documents, photos, audiotapes and/or videotapes that illustrate his/her best academic work. Other appropriate items include awards and certificates, letters of recommendation, an up-to-date resume', and a record of school and community service and involvement in clubs and organizations.
Advisory is serving as the "home base" for orientation about the Portfolio and guidance for students as they have begin working on them. However, teachers of all subjects also will encourage students to work on their Portfolios and will suggest examples of students' best work from their classes that could be put into Portfolios.