The Career Shadowing Experience is an off-campus learning project designed to expose eighth graders to a vocation about which the student expresses a high degree of interest. Each eighth grade student will spend a day shadowing a professional mentor in the greater Lynchburg community. No eighth grade classes will be held on the day after spring break to allow for the Career Shadowing Experience. No two students may have the same professional mentor. All students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner, to dress appropriately, and to follow the directions of the professional mentor on the shadowing day.
On James River Day School Career Day, each student will share a display booth and presentation with the entire James River Day School community, to demonstrate what he or she has learned as a result of the shadowing experience. The student’s faculty advisor and parents will provide guidance and support throughout the process. Please refer to the timeline below the video for the various deadlines.
Take a look at Career Day 2017 in the video below.
Parent FAQs: May my child shadow a professional who works out of town? May my child shadow a professional for more than one day?
The answer to both of these questions is “yes,” depending on the family’s and/or professional mentor’s willingness to facilitate a more extended shadowing experience. The school’s requirement is to spend one day with a local professional. We do not intend to tax the resources of either the family or the professional mentor, nor do we intend to curtail a student whose family wishes to support a more extended shadowing experience. If a family desires a multi-day experience, we ask that it be scheduled during the spring break so that the student will not miss classes. No eighth grade classes will be held for the day following spring break, and that is the “official” shadowing day, but any day or days during the break are fine. This provides flexibility for both families and mentors.
Professional Mentor Responsibilities
2018 Tentative Timeline
Friday, February 23, 2018 – Students complete preliminary research of possible mentors and report to faculty advisors.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Students secure a commitment from a professional mentor.
Friday, March 23, 2018 – Permission forms are due.
Monday, April 9, 2018 – Career Shadowing Experience
Monday, April 16, 2018 – Students and advisors tell Associate Head of School about any special requirements they have for Career Day set-up.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – James River Day School Career Day in Carrington Field House, 8:30 to 11:30am.
Friday, April 20, 2018 or before – Thank you letters to mentors sent.