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SENIOR CAPSTONES

Exploring the intersection of a personal passion and a need in the world

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 The Senior Capstone experience provides seniors with an opportunity to apply their learning to a complex and challenging project aligned with their interests or passions. Students develop a robust plan and product, oftentimes reaching well-beyond this high school experience.

 

The Senior Capstone process is a year-long endeavor, consisting of several phases:

  • Project Proposal

    • Students work with their teacher to develop a proposal for their project, including identifying committee members working 'in the field' related to their area of interest.

  • Paper or Portfolio

    • Students write high quality papers related to their topic, using appropriate format and citations and/or gather a compelling body of evidence in support of their project.

  • Product/Performance

    • Students create a product, service, business, or performance, which is the culmination of their year-long project. 

  • Presentation

    • Students present their project to teachers, peers, and experts in the field.

 

The Senior Capstone experience is a fitting conclusion to the Renaissance high school experience. Through the project, students demonstrate accumulated skills in time-management, research, problem-solving, human interaction, organization, public-speaking and self-reliance -  the very skills and abilities which students will be expected to demonstrate in college, modern careers, and adult life.  

Senior Capstone Projects

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Lily B. presents her design process and business plan for her sustainable reusable beeswax food storage bags.

Julia R. builds a self-sustaining garden, programming moisture sensors using Arduino technology.

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Senior Kelsey H. presents her final product in her exploration of a career as a Park Ranger: a website devoted to safety in the National Parks.

Student Abby D. uses environmental engineering to build a water filtration system designed to be used on small streams and homes.