What is an Exhibition?

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Oral presentation






An exhibition is a demonstration, through the application of specific skills and knowledge to a complex task. The exhibition performance will demonstrate that the student possesses the habits of mind heart and work that the school values. To graduate from Sedona Red Rock High School, each student will successfully complete one exhibition.

Exhibitions are an honorable way for our students to demonstrate that they can do important work. Exhibitions are an assessment tool that illuminates our students' potential and capacity for deep learning. The expectation is that the preparation of these performances will stretch the students' abilities beyond those demonstrated through class projects and other assessments.

All Graduates of SRRHS will complete an exhibition as a way of demonstrating to themselves, their families, the community, and the faculty and staff that they posses a strong set of skills, knowledge and understandings which has prepared them for their next stage of life. Exhibitions are a form of proof that the student has earned an SRRHS diploma.

The description of the tasks themselves are intentionally brief. The goal has been to set the task, but to allow room for individual interpretation, imagination, and initiative. Each exhibition consists of three parts: understanding the task and planning how to do it; doing the work itself; and presenting the exhibition to a group and responding to questions about the exhibition. We are confident that students who have worked hard in their high school careers at SRRHS can succeed at these exhibitions.


Students are required to write their exhibition proposal by following the proposal writing rubric. Students are required to submit their proposals to the staff for critique, and after several drafts the students need to obtain signatures from three exhibition committee members. The exhibition is a culmination of the students academic experience. The faculty expects that the students' work will reflect the skills and knowledge gained over their four years. Further this exhibition will demonstrate that the students can go beyond the classroom environment and work independently towards their goals.


At the end of a student's preparation an oral presentation, and process-folio will be assessed by a committee consisting of teachers, administrators, and often a community member. Each exhibition will also require particular products, which should consist of choices from research papers, visual representations, videos, plays, culinary items, poetry, lab reports etc. Each exhibition proposal will outline the products needed to express the main ideas and understandings.


A process-folio chronicles your work on your exhibition. this piece is an integral part of the learning process. Your exhibition "process-folio represents an effort to capture the steps and phases through which students pass in the course of developing a project. A complete student process-folio contains initial brainstorming ideas, early drafts, and first critiques; journal entries on pivotal moments when ideas jelled; collection of works by others that proved influential or suggestive; interim and final drafts; self critiques and critiques by peers, informed mentors, and outside experts; and finally some suggestion of how one might build upon the current project in future endeavors." (Gardner, p.240) Students must also present an accurate and properly formatted bibliography.

Oral presentation:

This will be a thirty minute time period, including a 10 minute minimum presentation a 10 minute minimum question and answer period, and a discretionary 10 minutes that the student may use in either the presentation or question and answer time. Click here for more tips on the oral presentation.


Students must meet all due dates. Interim due dates are set by the exhibition committee. When students do not meet these due dates the advisor and committee will determine the consequences. Students who procrastinate run the risk of jeopardizing their graduation.


Exhibitions will be assessed based on a common standard created by the exhibition committee. The exhibition rubric should be examined by each student before they start their work. Exhibition judges will assess the work based on the exhibition rubric. Students do not receive letter grades for exhibitions but will have the opportunity to earn honors, or mastery on their work.


Students will earn one half elective credit for each of their successfully completed exhibitions. In addition to appearing as credit in electives on each student's transcript, exhibitions will be prominently displayed in a separate place on the transcript.

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