Academics
Upper School
Experiential Learning

Senior Projects

Re-Imagining the End of the School Year

A Newark Academy tradition and graduation requirement since the early 1970s, Senior Projects are designed to offer graduating seniors unique experiential opportunities outside the classroom. Seniors work closely with the Dean of Students Office to pursue an in-depth work-like experience which allows them to either try out a new passion or explore a profession. Each Senior Project has a mentor at the site of their project and is required to conclude the projects with a written reflection and presentations to classmates and faculty.  Throughout the years, NA seniors have taken on an incredibly wide-range of projects from internships in fashion and publishing to learning the art of glassblowing, welding, and costume design. 

Dean of Students Pegeen Galvin comments, “So much of the curriculum is designed for students, but these projects are an opportunity for seniors to make their own way and test themselves in all different kinds of places from a Parisian restaurant to a monastery.  It’s really exciting and impressive what NA seniors achieve in a short time — many of their sponsors want them to stay on through the summer!” 

If you are a Newark Academy parent or alumnus interested in hosting an NA Senior Project, please contact Dean of Students Pegeen Galvin at pgalvin@newarka.edu 
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