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
- Ask Ms. Walz to email an application to you or click here to download the application & example .pdf file
- Fill-out the application on a computer
- Email the completed application to Ms. Walz
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