Our students graduate after having presented and defended successfully a portfolio of their work at PFFS. This is a significant part of their entire middle school experience and becomes the capstone demonstration of their learning at the end of the 8th grade. Portfolios are presented before individual panels of evaluators that include the student’s advisor, a secondary faculty member, parents and peers. Students complete twelve reflections on different aspects of their school experience; most of them are written, but they can do up to five alternative reflections. Sometimes these alternative reflections are sublime! We have had students express themselves in videos, interpretive dance, games and, my all time favorite, a yoyo presentation. For a complete description of the exhibition process see 8th Grade Portfolio Exhibition.
This year we are again sharing our Portfolio process with interested educators. The CITY Center for Collaborative Learning is offering a one-day workshop on Wednesday, 5/4/16 in which participants will have the opportunity to actually sit in on graduation panels and discuss the power of Graduation Exhibitions with other workshop participants.
Watch a portion of a Portfolio presentation below: