The twelfth grade is the twelfth school year after kindergarten. It is also the last year of compulsory secondary education, or “high school”. Students often enter the grade as 17- and 18-year-olds and graduate as mostly 17 or 18-year-olds. Twelfth graders are referred to as Seniors.
Many students consider the twelfth grade a year to relax and prepare for transition out of their old lives into college/university or the workplace. Others take advantage of the opportunity to complete additional higher level courses, such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, to earn credits for college/university.
The class of 2018 is one of the most diverse senior class ever in Triple C School. There is a range of ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and religions. All 29 of the students are unique in their own way, whether it be academically or socially.
There is a formal event for this year’s students, called Banquet. Some schools hold a combined prom for juniors and seniors, while others segregate the two grades into separate dances.
- Senior Skip Day
Senior skip day (also known as senior ditch day) is a day during which the seniors do not attend school and skip all their classes. In some areas it is countered with an officially recognized senior day off, or by allowing graduating seniors to skip their final tests (“final exams”).
Following graduation, many seniors go on Senior Week, where they spend a week at the beach with their friends. Many seniors that are in the arts (but sometimes other areas), such as band or choir, will have the opportunity to go on an extended vacation following graduation. The students, faculty, parents, and other people may fund the trip through fundraisers, donations, etc. Travel usually involves going out of the local state, and possibly overseas.
- Senior Prank
A “senior prank” is another common tradition in which the class may contribute towards a practical joke on the school, administration, or local community. A related tradition is the senior class either raising money or contributing money for equipment or other things to the school as a token of gratitude and respect for the school’s support of the seniors.
An example of this could be a senior class contributing money for a new weight room for the school or a state-of-the-art telescope for the science department. A similar project could involve the outside local community as well.
- Senior Farewell
At the end of the school year, there is a ceremony to wish the seniors farewell and reminisce on memories over the years. When the seniors walk on stage, they are greeted by the school band’s playing. Seniors express their feelings about teachers and classes and talk about their journeys throughout the high school years. The elementary kids create cards for each senior with advice they think would be useful to them in exchange for a balloon. Other students, teachers and parents can have a chance to say their goodbyes as well. The ceremony can be very emotional for all students, parents and teachers.
Written by: Anissa Hoyte, Isabella Watler & Ariana Thompson