The Wallingford Capstone Experience
Capstone is a culminating activity that allows students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained through a personalized project focused on an interest, career plan, or academic pursuit.
Beginning with the class of 2020, Capstone will be a graduation requirement for all students in Wallingford Public Schools. Students will capitalize on their interests as a way of developing skills that will enable them to thrive beyond high school.
There are two components for Capstone; each is worth ½ credit.
A. Capstone Course
This half-year course will be offered in either semester of the junior year. It is designed to prepare students for each of the required components in the project, and will culminate with students completing the Capstone proposal. The course will be differentiated to meet the needs of students specific to their unique Capstone project.
B. Completion of Capstone Project
Once the Capstone course has been successfully completed, students will be responsible for completing the tasks outlined in their Capstone proposal. Although students will not have an assigned Capstone course this semester, they will meet regularly with their Capstone Coordinator for the purpose of assessing their needs and monitoring their progress. This component of Capstone will culminate in a formal presentation of the student’s work. Students who complete the Capstone course in the first semester of their junior year will present in October of their senior year. Students who complete the Capstone course in the second semester of their junior year will present in February of their senior year.
Options for Capstone Projects – these are broad categories not intended to limit choice
Investigative Composition (e.g. formal research paper)
Physical Product (e.g. build a boat or scaled model of a building)
Improving a System (e.g. design new curriculum for advisory)
Planning an Event/Activity (e.g. awareness day for Nelson Mandela)
Required Components—these might look different depending on the project chosen
Capstone Proposal (see Capstone Course)
Research (formal, online, interviews, etc.)
Community Connection (community service, job shadowing, internships, etc.)