Senior Capstone is an independent research course designed to offer students the opportunity to pursue a course of study beyond the typical high school class. Students apply for the program in the spring of their junior year and draft a proposed course of study. This course of study is then review by a committee of faculty members who undergo a blind review of the proposals. Once a proposal is reviewed and accepted, students select a faculty adviser and begin to craft their next year of work. Senior Capstone may resembled a traditional college-level thesis, but students have the freedom and flexibility to propose an innovative business model or pursue some advanced work in the fine arts, etc. The purpose of Capstone is to introduce students to a collegiate level of research and prepare them to succeed in higher level, independent studies. Students learn practical research methodology, organizational strategies, and time management skills.