The Capstone Program is a multifaceted, four-year project that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students. Capstone Projects may take a wide variety of forms, such as long-term investigative projects that culminate with a final product, presentation, or performance. Students may be asked to select a topic, profession, or social problem that interests them, conduct research on the subject, integrate outside-of-school learning experiences (which can include interviews, scientific observations or internships), maintain a portfolio of findings or results, create a final product demonstrating their learning acquisition and conclusions (for example, a paper, short film, or multimedia presentation), and give an oral presentation on the project to a panel of teachers, experts, and/or community members who collectively evaluate its quality.
The goals of the Capstone Program are:
- Increasing the Academic Rigor
- Increasing Student Motivation and Engagement
- Increasing Educational and Career Aspirations
- Improving Self-Confidence and Self-Perceptions
Demonstrating Learning and Proficiency