Senior Project & Symposium
Graduation from the magnet program requires all students to complete a final project that reflects what they have learned over the past four years. The work they've completed for their project will culminate in an exhibition that will have three distinct components: a project with a portfolio, an oral presentation and demonstration along with an exhibit for the Senior Symposium.
To facilitate the completion of students' senior project, there are five senior research classes available in 2015-2016: Marine Science, Ecology, Humanities, Limnology, Zoology and Internship IV. In the past, senior field trips have included visits to Key West, the Main Entrance to Everglades National Park, the Flagler Museum, the Museum of Discovery and Science, and the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.
-Marine Science (Honors) students study Florida's reef systems. Projects completed in this class included a study of sulfur on mangrove growth, reef ball education and coral propagation. They work with the Plant a Fish Foundation to restore the mangrove habitats in South Florida. Students host Environmental Marine Day for elementary students.
-Ecology (Honors) students use a college-level textbook to study the ecology curriculum, in addition to projects focusing on plants, animals and other environmental-related topics.
-Zoology (Honors) students use a college-level textbook to study the animal kingdom (vertebrates and invertebrates) through class work and laboratory investigations.
-Advanced Internship IV (Honors) specializes in producing specialized magnet events, competitions, media productions, and so on.
-Limnology (Honors) is the study of freshwater ecosystems. Projects involve creating living ponds on campus with native flora.
-Internship Honors (Humanities) students create projects in the arts, history or literature focusing on an environmental or South Florida topic.
*Magnet students are also required to enroll in an additional high rigor science class:
-AP, Honors or Regular Physics
-Marine Science Honors
-Anatomy & Physiology Honors
"After the past three years in High School, finally getting to Senior year is a relief. My Senior Project class is Zoology, and I absolutely love it. Wanting to major in Zoology and Wildlife Biology/Conservation- this class is a perfect prep class for college. This class enables me to learn about something I am truly passionate about. There's never a dull day in the Zoology Class, and I'm so thankful to be apart of it everyday."