Capstone steps are available to be copied into each student’s Google Apps account. From inside the view-only Google Doc, a student must be logged in and then simply select File > Make a Copy.

Step-by-Step Guide to Capstone Process:

Capstone Timelines →

Step One. Brainstorming →

What issues are facing our community, state, nation and world that you feel like your capstone project can have an impact on?

Step One: Brainstorming Doc; Rubric; & Brainframe →

Step Two. Research & Topic Selection →

Which issues interest you the most at this time? What are the needs associated with your topic? Where can you go to learn more about these? Students will research a few topics and select one to focus their project on.

Step Two: Research & Topic Selection; Rubric →

Step Three. Getting Connected →

Building off our chosen topic you will brainstorm ideas for possible capstone projects. What makes a capstone successful? What are some examples of capstone projects you admire? Consult with your advisor and parents to learn about different service organizations in the area and make an informed choice for your own Capstone Project.If you are working with an outside organization make preliminary contact and confirm logistics with the organization you will be working with. To complete your project design, you may need to learn more about your topic by continuing your initial research.

Step Three: Project Design; Rubric →

Step Four. Create your action plan →

Develop a plan for your project by working with your parents, organization and advisor. Create an action plan that illustrates your goals and objectives, materials needed, step-by-step tasks, and final outcomes.

Step Four: Create your action plan; Rubric →

Step Five. Action Plan Panel Presentation and Approval →

Students will present their action plans to a panel for feedback and possible approval. Students cannot begin their action plan until formal approval is given.

Step Six. Formal check-in on Capstone progress →

In the beginning of their eighth grade year, students will make a brief presentation to their advising group on the progress of their project and the implementation of their action plan. Any projects with major changes must have their changes approved by their advisor, and create a new action plan if necessary.

Step Six: Formal Check-in; Rubric →

Step Seven. Oral Presentation of a Capstone project →

Students will create oral presentations to deliver to the entire school community to address why you chose your topic, the development and implementation of the Capstone Project. You will also need to create a PowerPoint presentation to accompany visual representation of your project.

Step Seven: Oral Presentation; Presentation Rubric; Content Rubric →

For planning capstone-related events at the school, please use this Capstone Event Scheduling Form.