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Graduation Guidelines - Capstone


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A Capstone Project is a multifaceted body of work that is district determined and serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students. Capstone projects are district determined and could:
  • include a portfolio of the student’s best work ─curriculum or research-based;
  • feature a set of experiments organized around a central problem; and/or
  • showcase a community service project or learning activity.

A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits effort, progress and achievement over time and against a set of clearly defined outcomes. Portfolios include collections of work that demonstrate evidence of:

  • work in progress, including documentation of ICAP
  • content knowledge or skills, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) competencies
  • workforce readiness (i.e., skills in problem solving, adaptability or ability to collaborate)
  • college readiness (i.e. applications, letters of recommendation, test scores)

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Green Mountain High School Academy Pathways were adopted by Canon City Schools

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Animas High School, Durango

Canon City High School, Canon City

Capstone Symposium, Nov 6, 2018, hosted by Roaring Fork Schools

Capstone Workgroup (2015)

Center High School

District 49

Denver Public Schools

Garfield 16, Parachute

Green Mountain High School, Lakewood


Gunnison Schools

North Park High School, Walden

Otis School District

  • The Six P's: 
    • Proposal, Product/Service/Fieldwork, Paper
    • Portfolio, Promotional Capstone Poster, Presentation

Poudre School District, Ft Collins

Polaris Expeditionary Learning School, Ft Collins

University High School Charter, Greeley

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Performance Outcomes

Asia Society has developed a series of tools to clarify global competency goals, and help students and teachers document the contribution toward achieving those goals. For each subject area and for global leadership, they provide a rationale and series of tools to show what students need to know and be able to do.   A rubric lists specific evidence students demonstrate as they progress towards global competency. This is a tool for students and teachers alike. Download these tools for free.



Portfolio Defense

Service Learning

Capstone Work Group (2014)