Capstone is a dynamic feature of the Laurel curriculum, involving the trial and error, adaptation, analysis, and production found in the professional world. The Capstone process cultivates curiosity, purpose, innovation, and leadership by giving scholars the time and resources they need to engage in active learning. Topics span the disciplines, including civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics). Many projects are multi-disciplinary.
During a two-year process, Capstone Scholars develop skills and outlooks that set them up for success in college and beyond, with a marked focus on intensive research, original scholarship, collaboration, internships, and relevant off-campus activities. Using expert guidance from teachers, local and national mentors, and support from peers, each Scholar pursues a Research Focus based on their individual interests. In cultivating a sense of purpose, meaningful relationships and leadership skills, Capstone prepares each scholar to fulfill their promise and to better the world.