Fourth Grade Capstone Envision Collegiate Launches

The Capstone Program at Collegiate School brings to life students’ classroom learning in a real-world context. The program is guided by our School’s commitment to Responsible Citizenship, which empowers engaged, contributing citizens by nurturing students’ compassion, creativity and purpose.
The Capstone program is offered in the final year of each division of the School — 4th Grade, 8th Grade and 12th Grade — and creates opportunities and challenges for our students that help prepare them for the future.

The 2017-18 theme for the Lower School Capstone Envision Collegiate focuses on the essential question How might we use technology to improve Collegiate by 2026? The year 2026 is the graduating year of the current 4th Grade class. Students have been asked to consider how they can "be the change you wish to see on our campus."

Recently, 4th Graders kicked off their research by breaking into groups and asking questions of faculty and staff including those in Facilities, Athletics, Academics, Admissions, Development and Responsible Citizenship. The students are working to become “experts” on various departments and will eventually be designing and proposing changes based on opportunities for growth that they learn about this year.

In its 2016-17 pilot year, the 4th Grade student body focused on the topic of sustainability. Students learned how to engage in research, collaborate for the purpose of design and convey their ideas, all in answer to the essential question How might we design a learning garden for our School community? In creating the experience, 4th Grade teachers centered the curriculum around the design-thinking process, the cultivation of communication skills and the growth of leadership competencies.