The Senior Capstone (formerly Senior Project) is a semester-long educational research experience in which every student demonstrates original thought, academic integrity, and sound research principles required for success in college, careers and life. All students are required to complete the Senior Capstone as part of their Senior English classes.
During the course of the semester, students will engage in an academic research experience similar to a first-year college research experience. It will include developing a question or hypothesis, reviewing and evaluating reliable sources, and writing a fully developed research paper. Students also engage in active learning through activities such as conducting tests or experiments, interviewing, working with a mentor, engaging in field work and job shadowing. The components of the Capstone include: inquiry and active research; a professional communications portfolio; a formal research paper; and a final board presentation.
The Capstone is a measure of academic excellence and encourages students to continue the path of life-long learning and be contributing members of the community.