Presentation of Learning

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Upcoming Presentations of Learning for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors: June 10 - 12


What is a Presentation of Learning (PoL)?

Oakton’s Presentations of Learning are personalized, reflective presentations through which students develop their skills in self-awareness, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and citizenship.  After weeks of standardized assessments, students will have the opportunity to represent their individual growth toward the attributes and skills expressed in the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate. Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will complete their Presentations of Learning between June 10 and June 12. Presentations of Learning constitute half of students’ final exam grades in English and/or social studies courses, and/or science courses so preparation for and attendance on PoL days are essential.

The Basics of Oakton’s Presentations of Learning (PoL)

Traditional exams for underclassmen are scheduled for May 31 through June 5.  From Monday, June 10, through Wednesday, June 12, the entire school will focus on Presentations of Learning. Students will present through their Advisory classes to an interdisciplinary panel of faculty members and a class of their peers.  Throughout the PoL days, when students are not scheduled to present or observe, they will participate in several learning experiences tailored to their needs at each grade level.

The Background on PoL

Beginning with the freshman class in 2012, students at Oakton High School have concluded each school year by sharing personalized, reflective presentations on the significance of their learning for a panel of teachers and their peers.  These end-of-year presentations look different at each grade level:

  • Freshmen reflect on their learning across the disciplines and how that learning has contributed to personal growth.  Students share their presentations in a gallery walk exhibition for peers and teachers in a classroom setting.

  • Sophomores will select a topic related to their current study of science and explain it and its historical, economic, and social significance. The oral presentations will be centered around an already created infographic that details the students’ research about their chosen topic. In addition to the presentation, students will be asked several reflection questions in order to complete their sophomore PoL.  

  • Juniors present their individual Capstone research and Capstone Achievement Product and what they have learned about their topics and themselves as a result of extended inquiry.

  • Seniors participate in an exit interview in which they describe the scope and impact of their Capstone projects, and they reflect on how this culminating experience contributed to their growth as citizens. Seniors arrange their own interviews in May and early June.

Oakton faculty members from across the disciplines participate in the evaluation of these Presentations of Learning— because the individual growth of our students as learners and citizens matters to the entire school.

Presentation of Learning Schedule

Below you can find links to each grade level's schedule for the three days of PoLs. The seminars are listed; note that students will rotate between these seminars according to their advisory teacher, and they will get specific instructions when they are in their advisory classes. 


If you have any questions about Presentations of Learning, please reach out to Martha Rodeheaver, Assistant Principal, at @email