The Capstone course is an elective, independent research course in which students, working with a faculty advisor, design their own project. Some projects are writing intensive, culminating in an in depth research paper. Some projects are more product-driven and also include research and writing to a lesser extent, encouraging PCS students of all grade levels to think about what in the world drives their creative passions, and to imagine how they can translate this into an academic research project. Typically students create and finish a Capstone Project during their senior year, but juniors also take advantage of this opportunity, with a few of them doing another project the next year.
Every May, students who have undertaken a Capstone Project present it at the Capstone Symposium, where young scholars communicate the passion and joy that they brought to their projects. Capstone Projects underscore a core PCS value - to give students the broad set of skills and knowledge as well as the creative freedom that will enable them to engage in impressive, independently driven research. Usually, projects represent all six academic departments at PCS.