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Capstone Academy


The mission of the Mater Dei Prep Capstone Academy Program is to nurture the inherent talents of Capstone students and to expand their interests and skills through challenging and innovative activities and educational opportunities. Our hope is to encourage these already exceptional students to think critically, act compassionately, and compete successfully in college and beyond.

All applicants are required to have a current average of an A+ and must submit an application, resume, letter of recommendation, and essay. Those that qualify will be asked to attend an interview with the administration and select faculty at Mater Dei Prep. Each year 10 students are selected to join the program and will receive a $2,500 scholarship towards their tuition. Accepted students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 4.0 and attend all activities of the program in order to remain a member of Capstone.

Students participate in unique activities giving them the opportunity to experience a wide variety of offerings. Past activities have included visiting a hydroelectric dam site, touring the University of Delaware, planning and building a Monarch butterfly garden, learning about fluorescent minerals at a mining museum, seeing Blue Man Group, and hand crafting face jugs with a local potter.

Students will work on an accumulative project with their group members throughout their four years at Mater Dei Prep. They will have various assignments, attend trips, and submit reflection assignments that will expand on and incorporate their project. During their senior year the group will present a final project to the administration.

Students in the Capstone Academy must take the following courses:

  • AP Human Geo
  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP World History
  • AP Research Seminar

If you have any additional questions on the Capstone Academy Program, please email Mr. Dominic Longo at

Students applying for the Capstone Academy must be entering the Class of 2024 and have previously completed their Mater Dei Prep application. All applicants must take the HSPT on December 7, 2019. Applicants are automatically registered for the HSPT when they submit their Mater Dei Prep application. Completed Capstone Academy applications must be submitted by November 27.

All resumes and letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to Mr. Dominic Longo at no later than November 27, 2019.

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