When completing a graduation requirement project, you want to make sure you are doing something you are interested in. There are many different options you can choose to fulfill your graduation requirement, and you want to make it the best you can. At EHHS, we have classes that fulfill the capstone requirements, independent study capstones, and other specific classes like journalism and media, that are based around your project.
There are a few classes with Capstone projects built into the coursework, so your capstone project is incorporated into your work from that class. One of the great classes like this is the HOSA program. Each project will not be exactly the same, of course, but there are set things you need to complete to complete your capstone. A senior in the HOSA program said, “I enjoy capstone being incorporated into the class, although it is structurally balanced I am avid for that field of work in the nursing environment so I really enjoy it. I think it's a great atmosphere and a great experience especially before going to college.”
Another great option if you aren't interested in coming up with a whole project on your own is a class is journalism, and writing on The Comet! Classes like this allow you to have a little more freedom with your project, but are still structured for you. Journalism class is great because it has a base outline of what needs to get done, but you have the freedom to write about things you would like to. Personally, I would definitely prefer this over an independent study, because I like having more structure and knowing what needs to be done and when.
If you have a great idea for your capstone project, then you should definitely take an independent study capstone, or a subject one like art, science, etc. These classes allow you to come up with your own idea, which allows for a lot of freedom. There is still structure in these classes about what requirements must be met to complete your project, however it is all your own work from beginning to end. Ally Moss, a senior who is completing her capstone project, decided to take more of an independent route. I asked her if she would prefer more freedom or structure, and she said “I like my capstone because I can create my own idea and type of project. I like how I can go to different schools and involve other people.” These classes can be a lot of fun if you enjoy the project you are working on.
Since capstone is a graduation requirement, you want to make sure what you’re doing is right for you. It is a half year course, and you do not want to be upset with your choice for that time. There are many different options to choose from, making this project not as difficult as it may seem.