What is a Capstone?

A Capstone is a self-initiated, self-paced, independent research project that affords students the opportunity to receive school credit while researching and focusing on a topic of special interest to them.

  • Self-initiated: Students choose to complete a Capstone because they want to, not because they have to.
  • Self-paced: Students work in their free time, with no dictated deadlines, no pressure, no stress.
  • Independent: Students work autonomously, outside of school, with guidance from mentors in the community.
  • Research Project: Students conduct creative, scholarly, or scientific work.
  • School Credit: Students may earn up to 5 credits depending on the hours and effort exerted.
  • Topics: Students may choose almost any subject that is of interest to them.

Why should a student do a Capstone?

  • Earn up to 5 school credits
  • Receive the Capstone medal
  • Work with community mentors
  • Learn something meaningful to you
  • Build your career opportunity network
  • Receive recognition at the Capstone celebration
  • Wear your Capstone medal to graduation
  • Receive acknowledgment in the graduation program
  • Recorded on your high school transcript for college recruiters to admire

What would be a good Topic?

  • Career Interests
  • Scientific Interests
  • Scholastic Interests
  • Starting a Business
  • Hobbies & Activities
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Travel & Foreign Countries
  • Recreation & Leisure Pursuits
  • Political Campaign Experience
  • Music, Dance, Art, Entertainment...

What is the Process?

1. Meet with Ms. Walz
  • Start during any year of high school
  • Brainstorm your topic
  • Brainstorm suitable mentors
  • Pick-up a Capstone brochure or click here to download the brochure .pdf file
2. Complete the Capstone Application
3. Work with Mentors
  • Recruit suitable Mentors
  • Get research guidance from your Mentors
4. Conduct your Research
  • Write in a journal or take good notes about your experience
  • Take photos and/or record video during your experience
  • Document the number of hours you spend planning & working on your Capstone: 90 hours = 5 credits, 72 hours = 4, 54 = 3, 36 = 2, 18 = 1
5.Write a Report
  • Describe what you experienced, performed, completed, realized, accomplished, learned…
  • Express how it made you feel, how it changed you…
  • Report must have a minimum word count of 1000 words (about 3 pages)
  • Email your report to Ms. Walz
6. Create a Multimedia Presentation of your Report
  • Use PowerPoint, Movie Maker, or similar software
  • Visually communicate your report
  • Use photos and/or videos taken during your experience
  • Verbally communicate your Capstone report
7. Perform your Multimedia Presentation
  • Choose your audience
  • Schedule a date, time, & location with Ms. Walz
  • Presentation needs to be finished by Spring Break of your senior year

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