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Honors Academy members have two options for satisfying the Capstone requirement for graduation:

1. Honors Academy Capstone Project


2. Advanced Placement Capstone Program

(AP Seminar and AP Research)

3. STEM IV Dual Enrollment Project

What is the Capstone Project?

In the spring of their Junior year, Honors Academy members will begin a capstone project to serve as a culminating experience to the high school career.

  • This project can be an academic extension of the student’s elective focus or a community based project developed by the senior, in collaboration with a mentor.

  • The Capstone project has a research, writing, and presentation component with a community need/interest component to showcase each senior’s unique focus and strengths.


Capstone Project Outcomes:

As seniors who complete a successful Capstone Project, you can expect these results:

  • Receive positive feedback from persons in the community

  • Engage in self-reflection

  • Tie your interests to real-world relevance

  • Use an interdisciplinary approach to learning (which means you can showcase your best style of learning as well as your strengths and talents)

  • Gain a sense of compassion for others

  • Feel satisfaction for a job well done 


Types of Capstone Projects:


Self Development/ Curriculum Based Research Project
  • Research project on a topic of interest (may be curricular or self-development)



  1. Participate in the Siemens or Intel Science Research Expositions

  2. Write and produce a play and present to a community group like a senior citizen home/ after school program.

  3. Create art/ photography with a similar theme and host a show at an interested community group’s site

  4. Research a specific aspect of academic interest (i.e. history of the Roman army) and create a display at a local library or present to interested community group

  5. Research and develop a solution to a real-world problem and present to an interested community group

  • Keep a log of at least 20 hours describing your project’s development minimum

  • Presentation in the community- i.e. a library exhibit, public performance



Internship/ Externship
  • Job-Shadowing in a career of interest

  • Journal Log of at least 20 hours minimum



  • Internships at Methodist Hospital, St. Jude, Memphis Zoo

  • Research component- career exploration- What does it take to go into this field?

  • Service component- present internship experience to a community group (HOSA, FBLA, DECA, Boy/Girl Scouts etc.)

Service Learning
  • Design a project that involves the community in raising awareness/ providing solutions to a community issue (Illiteracy, Bullying, Recycling)

  • Working in a community service environment for an extended period of time (organize a build for Habitat for Humanity)

  • Organize drives, collection, fundraisers, clean-ups for a community service agency

  • Advocate for a community issue including lobbying, finding causes, and taking those findings to government leaders requesting solutions

  • Must keep a log of 20 hours of service/project development minimum

  • Research component: studying the issue and the organization

Core Components of the Capstone Project:

  • an approved proposal containing what you are trying to learn;

  • documented research and contact hours with a mentor;

  • a short written paper, using MLA documentation;

  • an oral presentation that demonstrates the research and knowledge learned;

  • a review panel that evaluates the project.

  • Participation in “A Celebration of Excellence” with a display of your project



Students are expected to spend at least 20-40 hours of work on their Capstone Project.

Capstone Project Deadlines:

Capstone Deadlines and Rubric Class of 2023

Capstone Deadlines and Rubric Class of 2024


Capstone Forms/Links:

Proposal Form Link

Mentor Form Link 

Capstone Time Log

Capstone Paper Guidelines

Capstone Oral Presentation Form

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