The Senior Capstone
Capstone is a culminating experience for all SJA Jeju seniors. The Capstone course builds upon the habits of learning inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach in our pre-primary programs as well as the inquiry-based approach that is at the heart of all instruction throughout our elementary and middle schools.
Capstone represents the culmination of all previous learning and serves as an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of SJA Jeju standards and expectations as they prepare to further their education, embark on careers, and carry their overall SJA Jeju experience into their personal and professional lives.
Ultimately, the capstone curriculum is linked to the very mission of the school. The development of a professional attitude sets the tone for character. The research and problem solving required to complete the program addresses inquiry and the sharing of ideas with the Academy and local communities addresses community.
In addition to meeting the mission of the school, the goals of the senior capstone course are to help students sharpen their expertise against even higher standards of college and professional rating in the following areas:
Problem-solving Discipline-specific research methods, field research, and critical inquiry
Communication Discipline-specific writing formats, editing, revision, and public speaking
Citizenship Self-management strategies and analysis of community needs. Defining the characteristics of a professional and acting and producing to that definition
The AP Capstone™
The AP Capstone™ program is a two-course sequence of AP Seminar and AP Research that allows students to explore real-world issues while developing the analytic, research, problem solving, and communication skills that colleges look for in an applicant.
Students typically take AP Seminar in the 10th or 11th grade, followed by AP Research in 12th grade. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in the AP Seminar and AP Research courses and on four additional AP® Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Alternatively, students who earn scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and Research Exams only will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.
The AP Capstone™ program is currently being piloted in the United States by our “home school” St. Johnsbury Academy, and will be added as a component of the SJA Jeju curriculum once approved by The College Board. (The AP Capstone option will most likely be available for the graduating class of 2020. It will not replace our Senior Capstone Program, but will act as a companion program that students may choose based on advice from their counselors.)
Advanced Placement Courses (AP)
The Advanced Placement program of the College Board is offered to students who have demonstrated a superior understanding of the subject matter and have signified their desire to attempt to achieve college credit for courses taken while they are still in high school (sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Many major colleges and universities, at their discretion, accept advanced placement for credit, recognizing the successful completion of an AP exam.
SJA Jeju will begin offering AP courses in 2018 – 2019 and will eventually offer up to 20 Advanced Placement courses. The courses offered in 2018-2019 will be AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP Art, and AP Chinese.
The Advisory program that is a natural outgrowth of the school’s mission statement. The purpose of the program is to foster character, inquiry, and community. We achieve this by providing students with a faculty mentor, and by including them in a group of peers with whom they may develop close, positive, personal relationships and expand their capacity for change and growth.
The advisor is the primary connection to the school for both students and family. Students will be in an advisor group of 10 to 15 peers through their graduation. Advisory days are every Friday.
All high school students will be assisted in the process of selecting and applying to colleges and universities by an experienced team of counselors. A sequential plan of action will be put in place to help students maximize their chances of admission, and to help both parents and students to navigate the selection and application process.Secondary Student Handbook