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
Students will also be required to maintain a 4.3 GPA on a 5.0 scale, fulfill all quarterly and yearly requirements for credit (one-credit course), maintain a portfolio that demonstrates research, acquisition of knowledge, and reflection, and must take courses to maintain a high level of academic rigor. The following courses are required of all Capstone students:Grade 9 – AP Human Geography
Grade 11 and 12 – AP Course of choice
All applicants are required to have a current average of a 90 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 each year. Accepted students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 4.3 (on a 5.0 scale), and continue to show progress each year by meeting the designated benchmarks.Students applying for the Capstone Program must be entering the freshman class and have previously completed their Mater Dei Prep application. Applicants are automatically registered for the HSPT when they submit their Mater Dei Prep application.