Capstone Academy

 

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

Each year, incoming freshman applicants with high academic achievement in middle school are asked to apply for the Capstone Program. Through an essay, teacher recommendations, and an interview with representatives of each department at Mater Dei Prep, five students are chosen to join the program. A stipend for tuition and activities is offered, and students are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA as well as attend all activities of the program in order to remain a member of Capstone.
 
If you have any additional questions on the Capstone Academy Program, please email Mr. Dominic Longo at dlongo@materdeiprep.org

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