As a culmination of each student’s educational experience at Green Mountain High School, Seniors are provided the option to participate in a Capstone project to demonstrate that they are college and career ready. The Capstone Project is designed to showcase each student’s academic achievement, enduring knowledge, and unique talents. The Capstone must be successfully completed in order to earn an Academy Pathway Endorsement with Honors or Renaissance Scholar Endorsement, and it is also a requirement to earn the Valedictorian or Salutatorian recognition at graduation.
The purpose of the Capstone Project is to give students a chance to choose an area of study, to combine different disciplines, and to explore new avenues, while helping others and contributing to the community. Each student needs to address a challenging issue that will stretch his/her intellectual and personal growth. In essence, the project will provide a significant learning stretch. It should benefit the community at large and/or give insight to a field that he/ she may want to pursue as a career.
Once the graduating senior has completed the Capstone Project, he or she will have completed a multi-faceted task that has brought maturity, organization, service learning, and public speaking skills to fruition. It is also important to note that students will be creating and completing these types of projects in their post-high school careers as well. Any student planning to attend a college or university will have to complete major projects like this as a part of the university experience. Most careers also require employees to complete projects like this. Students will have experience in real-world tasks.