60 Senior Project Ideas for High School Students – 2024

May 13, 2024

senior project ideas for high school students

Many high school students look forward to the exciting moment of choosing a senior project. This makes sense since senior projects provide opportunities for students to direct what they’ve learned into something they care about, and to take their academic interests beyond the classroom. At the same time, deciding what to pursue can be nerve-wracking. After all the anticipation, when it finally comes time to decide on a project, students might ask themselves, now what? If you find yourself in this dilemma, or if you could just use some further inspiration, continue reading for a list of 60 senior project ideas for high school students. Once you find a senior project idea that catches your eye, you can always put your own spin on it, or use it to inspire projects on topics outside this list.

What is a senior project?

Put simply, a senior project is a semester-long project you take on in your final year of high school. So, what counts as a senior project? This can vary widely. While different schools have different requirements (for example, some high schools expect students to focus specifically on internship experiences), the assignments tend to be pretty flexible. In the senior project ideas listed below, you will find suggestions ranging from assisting a science researcher, to interning at a local museum, to organizing an academic tutoring program, to helping with community voter registration. The final outputs for senior projects may also vary in form, from guidebooks, to plays, to research papers, and apps.

Considerations when choosing a senior project

Because a senior project is often seen as the culmination of your high school experience, you should choose a topic that reflects your passions and interests. At the same time, it’s an opportunity to develop new skills and challenge yourself as you prepare for your next steps after graduation. Whether you have plans to begin a 4-year university program, enroll in a 2-year degree program, take a gap year, or start a new job, a senior project can prepare you with experience that you wouldn’t receive in your high school classes in an ordinary semester.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself when thinking of a senior project idea:

  • What field or career do you wish to pursue? If you’re not sure, what are 2-3 fields that you could possibly see yourself pursuing at this point in your life?
  • What world issues do you care most about? Climate change? LGBTQIA+ rights? Accessible healthcare? If thinking about a particular issue sparks a passion, this could be a great place to start.
  • Based on your high school coursework experience, could you see yourself spending extra time on an artistic project? A science-based one? A research paper with a political theme?
  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Volunteering with kids? Hiking and camping? Dancing? Cooking? Perhaps you can orient your senior project to something that you already know brings you joy.

60 senior project ideas

Below you can find 60 high school senior project ideas, divided into some general categories that might help you focus your search. As you read through, feel free to stick to these exact ideas or use them to inspire other ones.

Business – Senior Project Idea

  1. Write a printed or virtual guidebook to small local businesses in your area, including descriptions, photographs phone numbers and social media accounts.
  2. Help a local business with an advertising campaign, through local news outlets and social media.
  3. Develop a mentorship program to help those who are searching for jobs with resumes, interviews, and cover letters.
  4. Intern at a start-up based in your area.
  5. Write a research paper about models for sustainable businesses.
  6. Organize an after-school program that helps students learn financial literacy.

Community service

  1. Organize a ride service to bring elderly community members to and from doctor’s appointments, or to provide them with groceries and other needs.
  2. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
  3. Organize a food drive at your school.
  4. Create a social media campaign for a local animal shelter to raise awareness.
  5. Collaborate with a local charity or non-profit with a mission you believe in to organize a fundraiser.
  6. Collect school supplies and art supplies for families in need.

Creative writing – Senior Project Ideas

  1. Write and illustrate a children’s book.
  2. Create a handmade poetry book.
  3. Intern at a small local publisher or magazine.
  4. Work to translate a short story or poem to another language.
  5. Write a screenplay for a short film.
  6. Start a school literary magazine that accepts student submissions of poems, essays, and short stories. Organize a team so that the magazine can continue after you graduate.

Education

  1. Organize a peer tutoring program at your school for students who need extra help with writing, languages, or math.
  2. Construct a free library box in your neighborhood so that more people have access to books.
  3. Volunteer at a local elementary school to help children with their homework after school.
  4. Work with a local senior center to teach a foreign language to residents.
  5. Develop a website or app for students to match with language partners for practicing conversation skills.
  6. Start a visual or performing arts class for children in your community.

Environmentalism- Senior Project Ideas

  1. Design and build a sustainable garden.
  2. Organize a community clean-up day, or a series of community clean-up days, at a local park or waterfront.
  3. Organize an Earth Day festival at your school. This could involve live music and performance, environmental art displays, local vegetarian food, and sustainable clothing swaps.
  4. Write a research paper on one thing that contributes to climate change, as well as potential solutions.
  5. Write a guidebook to local parks and hiking trails so that locals and visitors alike can appreciate these outdoor spots.
  6. Create a fashion line with all reused materials.

History

  1. Research historic sites in your neighborhood or town, and write a printed or online guidebook to these points of local history.
  2. Record a podcast on the history of one of your hobbies (fashion? sports?) Contact an expert on this history to ask if you can interview them on the podcast.
  3. Write a research paper on the history of a particular protest movement.
  4. Write and direct a short play with a contemporary take on a historical event that interests you.
  5. Create a documentary film on the history of your community (school, town, etc.), and organize a community screening.
  6. Intern at a local history museum.

Performing Arts – Senior Project Ideas

  1. Write and record an original song.
  2. Write, direct, and show a one-act play.
  3. Organize a community dance performance with student choreographers and performers, featuring a range of different styles.
  4. Volunteer to help with accessibility needs (theater access, live captioning, etc.) at a local theater.
  5. Organize a school comedy night or talent show that benefits a charity of your choice.
  6. Research the history of a film genre, and direct a short film that reflects this genre.

Politics

  1. Intern for a local political newspaper or magazine.
  2. Volunteer on the campaign of a local candidate.
  3. Create an online blog to write on a political issue you care about, or write a series of op-eds for a local newspaper.
  4. Write a research paper on a local problem (housing prices, green space, voting access) that discusses possible solutions to this problem.
  5. Create a Model UN or Mock Trial team at your school if one doesn’t already exist.
  6. Help teens and other community members register to vote.

Science and medicine – Senior Project Ideas

  1. Build a Rube Goldberg machine.
  2. Work in the lab of a STEM professor at a nearby university who works on a topic you’re interested in.
  3. Research a community health problem (drug safety, air/water quality, nutritional food access) and develop solutions with the help of local politicians and/or medical experts. Create a research paper, blog, or documentary film on your findings.
  4. Assist at a doctor’s office or hospital by helping to translate for patients who are non-native English speakers.
  5. Design an architectural structure (for example, a house or bridge) and build a 3D model.
  6. Organize a technology support group at your school to make technology more accessible and help with easy tech repairs.

Visual arts

  1. Design a mural for your school to highlight an aspect of the school culture or commemorate an important moment in its history.
  2. Intern at a local art museum and learn how to give a tour of its current exhibits.
  3. Organize the collaborative building of a sculpture at your school made of all reused or found objects.
  4. Offer to take wedding or senior photographs for those who might not be able to afford a professional photographer.
  5. Study a famous painter, and then create a series of paintings (or art of another medium) based on, or in response to, their works.
  6. Create a school-wide photography exhibition, with a theme of your choosing.

Senior Project Ideas – Final thoughts

We hope that this list has sparked inspiration for your high school senior project. Remember that while senior projects are important (and hopefully fun) opportunities to culminate your high school experience, you don’t need to do it all in one project! If you’re inspired by more than one of these project ideas, hold onto them for years to come or pursue them as summer internships.

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