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2022 Capstone Project & Certification F.A.Q.

What Is a Senior/ Capstone Project and How Does It Help Me Certify?

Santa Susana High School is proud to present important updates and clarification with respect to the Certification and Capstone Project process. Critically, students who are interested in Certification in any area of emphasis (commonly referred to as an SSHS "academy") must review the pathway/certification requirements for that academy before proposing a Capstone Project.

The Capstone Project is effectively the last step in a four-year process for special honors and recognition in one or more areas of Emphasis.

 

1. A Capstone Project consists of  (a) a project of your choice that showcases an area of interest in which you will research and develop a plan to showcase the knowledge and skills and extends your learning beyond the SSHS classroom. Every SSHS senior is invited to complete a senior project that demonstrates the core values of Santa Susana High School: scholarship, skill, honor, and service. (b) a digital portfolio, which includes information about you personally, the project you completed, why you chose that project, how you gained the knowledge and skills required for the project, and what you learned by completing the project. Additionally, you complete (c) a multimedia presentation to present to panelists which summarizes the key points of your portfolio. 

 

2. If you want to certify, then you MUST complete a Capstone Project. However, there are different levels of certification. If you are certifying with "Recognition," your project may be based on any area of interest. If you intend to certify with "Honors" or "High Honors," your project must be directly associated with your area of certification. Please discuss possible topics with the head of your school. 

 

3. Students may earn 5 credits on their transcript for the completion of their Capstone Project. Please contact or see Mrs. Martinet for more information.

 

ALL Certification and Capstone Project Information will be shared with Seniors during ACE on September 22nd. It will also be made available through the links to the left after the presentation in ACE.

I'm Ready to Certify, Now What? Apply...

Students who have completed Capstone Project presentations may be candidates for academy certification. At the completion of their Capstone Project presentations, students will submit the following:

  • a copy of their transcript (provided at the conclusion of the Capstone Presentation)

  • a copy of the certification requirements (available here)

  • a certificate of Capstone Project Completion (provided at the conclusion of the Capstone Presentation)

How Will My Senior/ Capstone Project Be Scored?

The Capstone Project has three main components, all of which are assessed by the SSHS faculty and/or community members (adjudicators). In the column to the right, you will find a rubric of how your Capstone Project will be adjudicated.

How Do I Know What My Certification Requirements Are?

It depends on your academy. Click on the links below to find your requirements:

School of Letters and Sciences (Chairperson/ Dean: Mrs. Hazlewood)

School of Visual and Performing Arts (Chairperson/ Dean: Mrs. Abbe)

School of Digital Arts and Technology (Chairperson/ Dean: Mr. Abbe)

 

Deadline to submit application: April 22nd

Join Google Class

All submissions must be done through Google Classroom. The join code is:

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IMPORTANT DATES

Senior/Capstone Project Overview Presentation: September 22nd in ACE

Proposal Application Deadline:  October 15th via Google Classroom

Student/Mentor/Parent Contract Due Date: October 15th via Google Classroom

Mentor/Student Check-in Due Dates:   December 6th &  January 25th via Google Classroom Assignment 

Portfolio Due Date:            February 17th

Senior/Capstone Project Final FAQ Presentation:              March 2nd in ACE

Senior/Capstone Project Presentation Day:               March 17th

Submit Certification Application Deadline:             April 22nd 

Definitions

School - There are three schools at SSHS (School of Letters & Sciences; School of Digital Arts & Technology; School of Visual & Performing Arts) used to organize all of our academics. Each school has a Dean/Head of School who oversees student certification.

Academy - an emphasis within a school

Pathway - a sequence of classes for each academy that lead to certification (certification requirements)

Certification - the result of completing the required classes in a pathway and completing a Capstone Project 

Adviser - a SSHS faculty member who guides a student through the technical process of certification such as completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, and helps in Capstone Project ideas. This person is likely to be the teacher who is in charge of your academy. If not, it would be the Dean/Head of your school.

Mentor - an adult, either on campus or off, who is an expert in the area of your project. This person provides expertise and guidance. Mentor and Advisor could be the same person.

I need help... Who do I contact?

Faculty Advisor: Mrs. Martinet 

francisca.mendozamar@simivalleyusd.org

Supporting Administrators: Mrs. Spurbeck-Boian & Ms. Thompson

Aimee.spurbeckboian@simivalleyusd.org

Devyn.thompson@simivalleyusd.org