George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) not only focuses on producing a premier educational experience from an academic standpoint, but also ensures that students grow to become well-rounded overall.
With individualized guidance from their advisors, students must annually set and meet personal, emotional, and academic goals.
As part of the graduation requirements, seniors create and present a semester-long project of their interest or passion. Seniors perform a literature review, partner with a mentor (with staff assistance), and develop a presentation (reading, video, PowerPoint, recording, etc.).
Students are supported through their Journeys Symposium course with guidance and structured markers. Seniors present these projects as part of the Journeys Symposium course and select seniors are invited to present on Capstone Day (the day prior to graduation).
Some notable projects have included: creating a sustainable clothing line, composing original music and songs, earning scuba diving certification, and development of a rainfall simulator, among many others.
During GWUOHS' graduation ceremony, Capstone Awards are given to seniors in the following areas:
Capstone Innovation Award—This award recognizes the Capstone Presentation that includes a bold, innovative idea that could contribute to new or different values/concepts.
Capstone Citizenship Award—Recognition is given to the student who presented a Capstone concept that supports improvement for our society/citizens.
Overall Outstanding Capstone Presentation—The Capstone judges deliberate to determine the student who exceeded all project criteria to produce an overall outstanding Capstone presentation.