Senior Experience

What is the Senior Experience?

Senior Experience 2020 is cancelled 

The Senior Experience program is a three-week program from May 26 to June 16. The Senior Experience aims to facilitate the transition from high school to the “real-world” by fostering work, internship, or volunteer opportunities.  Seniors are offered the opportunity to embark on an exciting and unique learning experience that will provide an opportunity to examine the world from another viewpoint. Seniors may expand their interests and abilities in a professional setting, working with mentors who have chosen to share their knowledge, experience, and talents with W-L seniors. The program allows seniors to:

  • explore the relative roles of theory and practice as each relates to a work environment
  • relate academics to the work world via career experiences and community service
  • gain real life experience to enhance interpersonal and workplace skills
  • work with professionals in a variety of workplaces
  • give back to the APS and W-L community

The Senior Experience is open to all Washington-Liberty seniors who:

  • Are academically cleared by May 22, 2020
  • Have no disciplinary or attendance problems
  • Are free of financial obligations
  • Complete the senior survey through Naviance by May 22, 2020
  • Maintain an average of 25 hours per week, and a minimum of 75 total hours during the experience
  • Obtain mentor signature on timesheets verifying hours
  • Maintain a daily time sheet and submit a 1-page reflection on June 16
  • Make arrangements with their supervisor to be excused from work to attend required school programs:  Graduation Practice, Senior Picnic, and Farewell assemblies – June 9

Timeline of the 2020 Senior Experience:

  • Feb 3: Senior Experience Application Opens
  • March 13: Part 1 Due- GETTING STARTED. This includes signed parent permission and student information
  • April 17: Part 2 Due- APPLICATION. This includes actual application and signed mentor confirmation form
  • June 16: Part 3 Due- SENIOR EXPERIENCE CONCLUSION. This includes signed timesheet and reflection

Other important dates:

  • April 20-May 22: Approvals given
  • May 26: Senior Experience begins
  • June 9: Mandatory Graduation Practice in the AM
  • June 16: Senior Experience concludes – submit time sheet and reflection to Canvas by 4pm

Students have access to all things Senior Experience through the canvas course, Senior Experience 2020. Additional hard copies of forms needed to be signed can be found in the counseling office.

For further information on this program, please contact Elysse Catino at elysse.catino@apsva.us or call 703-228-6228. We look forward to working with you this spring! Please note: Ms. Catino will be on Maternity leave February – May. Please direct inquiries to Ms. Gregory or Ms. Devaney in counseling during this time.


Senior Experience Coordinator: Elysse Catino
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Senior Experience Administrator: Jessica Gregory & Kristin Devaney

Senior Experience Administrative Assistant: Ashlee Doleno