The personal project is a significant piece of work devised by the student. Each project is set in a global context and concerns a topic about which the student is enthusiastic and motivated. The project will draw on knowledge and skills from several different areas.
Each student is supervised by a teacher who provides guidance and encouragement. The project consists of three main elements:
- a process journal which records the thoughts, feelings and research accumulated during the entire process
- a product. This can take many forms including works of art, science experiments, an invention, a design article or a piece of fiction
- a report. This is usually in written format with a maximum word count of 3, 500 words.
Successful personal projects require the extensive use of a student's Approaches to Learning (ATL) as the planning, research and action phases are completed. The projects are assessed against criteria set out by the IB and are awarded a grade of 1-7 like all subjects.
Students are introduced to the personal project towards the end of Year 10 and it is completed by the end of January in Year 11. Upon completion, students summarize their projects during a presentation evening to which the ISL community is invited.