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Capstone Passion Project: Empowering Students to Contribute Their Passions to Their Community

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

– Oprah Winfrey


GUIDING PRINCIPLES & PURPOSE

ESSENTIAL QUESTION

How can you use your interests, curiosities, and passions to contribute to your community and better yourself?

ENDURING UNDERSTANDING

  • When we use our talents, passions, and curiosities to serve our community, we can make a major impact and contribution to better the world.
  • Effective writing and literacy skills are needed in all of our pursuits, whether or not they have to do with traditional literature or formal essay-writing.
  • Effective writing and speaking strategies are the backbone for all communications and improve our professional as well as academic lives.

OVERVIEW

  • ALL students select their passion project topic/idea to address the essential question at the start of their 9th grade year
    • They are able to change their mind throughout their high school tenure, but their final project must still be completed and presented their senior year
  • Students are provided school/class time to work on their project over the course of their four years of high school, but the project also requires additional time and effort (this is something students need to consider when selecting their passion project idea)
  • The school helps guide and support students as well as help them make community connections, but the projects are otherwise fully student-driven and students must problem-solve and overcome challenges independently as well
  • Students compile their project process and progress (with the goal being some culminating event, product, impact, etc.) into a presentation that they deliver their senior year.

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