LCPS Senior Capstone Projects
SENIOR CAPSTONE PROGRAM, LOUDOUN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
An Opportunity for Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition Members
The Senior Capstone Program provides an opportunity for Coalition members to arrange internships for High School Seniors, to take on well defined tasks for the mutual benefit of the students and the organizations. Already the Waterford Foundation and the Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains have participated in the Senior Capstone Program.
Senior Capstone is an experiential learning experience in meaningful, self-fulfilling, educational opportunities for post-secondary school success. The focus is on civic engagement, career exploration and readiness. Coalition members are uniquely situated to meet these two criteria with intern opportunities that support the mission of their organization.
The Senior Capstone Program focuses on the calendar period from mid-May to early June and anticipates the student will provide 50 to 70 hours on the assignment. Longer term experiences can also be arranged if a qualified student is willing to participate. There are 10 participating high schools and each has a Senior Capstone Coordinator who will approve their community partners, student projects, and set the Calendar dates for the internship. The preference is for the Capstone experience to be unpaid. If payment for hours incurred after the completed Capstone-required hours is an option, that would be arranged by the organization and student.
If your organization can define a specific and meaningful activity for one or more senior year high school students, you should start to work now. A good starting point is to contact Grant Schafer, LCPS, central capstone contact. He will guide you through the process and connect your opportunity to the different high school Senior Capstone coordinators. You can reach Mr. Schafer at grant.schafer [at] lcps.org, 571-291-1956 (m), 571-252-1107 (o).