The Forest Ridge Capstone is a long-term, exploratory project-based course that culminates in a final product, presentation, and/or performance. It is designed to encourage students to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and develop skills such as public speaking, research, media literacy, planning, self-sufficiency, and goal setting — i.e., skills that will help prepare students for college, careers and adult life.
Students will be asked to select a topic, occupation, or social problem that interests them. By design, the Capstone will be interdisciplinary, in the sense that it will require students to apply skills or investigate issues across several different subject areas or domains of knowledge. Students will conduct research on the issue and maintain a portfolio of findings or results. One element of the Capstone may be in the form of an internship in an external organization. In all instances, students are required to create a final product demonstrating their learning acquisition or conclusions (a paper, short film, or multimedia presentation, for example) and give an oral presentation to the community.
The exploration of the topic will begin in the second semester of a student’s junior year and culminate in the spring of her senior year. She will receive academic credit toward graduation requirements for this intellectual endeavor.
There will be an opportunity to engage in a year-long or semester long internship for academic credit, beginning with the Class of 2019. These internships may be integrated into the more formal Capstone program or could be planned as a distinct academic pursuit. Arrangements for these internships will be on an individualized basis, approved by a faculty mentor, and will depend upon student interest, initiative and time availability both inside and beyond the class day. The topics will vary based upon the distinctive passion of the student pursuing this independent challenge.