Capstone

Students in all four grades at Wayland conduct guided, independent research into a subject that captures their interest. At the end of the school year, that research culminates in a polished work by each student.

The capstone project helps students develop the research and writing skills they’ll need in college and creates another opportunity for authentic, student-driven learning.

Each student works with a faculty adviser who oversees their research and writing over the course of the year. Students have explored capstone topics in a wide range of areas, including literature, biology, athletics, the law, and topics such as the effect of meditation and mindfulness on focus and study skills; women in STEM fields; and Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws. 

From year to year, students can focus on the same subject from different vantage points and develop a deep understanding of their topic through multiple years of research and analysis.

List of 4 items.

  • Freshman

    Produce a 5 to 7-page research paper.
  • Sophomores

    Create a presentation to accompany a 6 to 8-page essay that incorporates at least two academic disciplines.
  • Juniors

    Write a ten-page essay with an argumentative scope that reaches two unlike disciplines. It must utilize data and statistics, and juniors defend their work to a panel of faculty members.
  • Seniors

    Complete an overarching project that reflects their academic or creative passions. While it will still have a written component, students will be encouraged to create something new or pursue a challenge not normally found within a traditional school curriculum.
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