Capstone Experiences

Capstone experiences allow students the opportunity to consolidate and apply the learning from their high school coursework into a meaningful and relevant career-related experience. This student-driven experience is based on the student’s chosen career cluster or pathway and designed to help increase college and career readiness. Visit the Work-Based Learning webpage for more information on work-based learning experiences.

NEW: Capstone Experiences Course Standards
The new standards for the Capstone Experiences will be implemented July 1, 2019.

Assignment Code
Course Titles
(Click on course to view standards)
Unpacked Standards
Certification Requirements
80018 Youth Internships Youth Internships-Unpacked 7-12 Certified Teachers, Certified School Counselors, Certified Administrators
80019 Senior Experience Senior Experience-Unpacked 7-12 Certified Teachers, Certified School Counselors, Certified Administrators
80026 Entrepreneurship Experience Entrepreneurship Experience-Unpacked 7-12 Certified Teachers, Certified School Counselors, Certified Administrators
22104 Service Learning Service Learning-Unpacked 7th-12th grade certified teacher or certified school counselor
80020 Youth Apprenticeship Youth Apprenticeship-Unpacked 7-12 Certified Teachers, Certified School Counselors, Certified Administrators

Youth Internship

Youth Internships allow students the opportunity to consolidate and apply the learning from their high school coursework into a meaningful and relevant on-the-job experience. An Internship is an opportunity for a student to spend time with one or more employees at a business, non-profit organization or government agency. The objective is to observe and gain hands-on experience in how business and industry work. The Internship experience is selected based on the student’s chosen career cluster/pathway.

Youth Internship Documents
Youth Internships Manual
Youth Internship Program Criteria

Entrepreneurship Experience

The Entrepreneurship Experience provides a student with the opportunity to develop the skills needed to become a business owner. Through a hands-on project the student takes responsibility for meeting timelines, making decisions, conducting research, preparing and making presentations – all skills needed for success in the workplace.

Entrepreneurship Experience Framework 2010
Complete Document Introduction
Implementation and Responsibilities Idea or Product
The Business Plan The Portfolio
The Presentation

Senior Experience

A Senior Experiences allows a student to see the connections between what he or she is learning now and the application to postsecondary and careers. They become an expert in their chosen topic area and showcase the skills and abilities they have gained through their high school experience.
Senior Experience Framework
Complete Document Introduction
Implementation and Responsibilities Topic Section
Research Paper The Product
The Portfolio The Presentation

Useful Links
SD's Virtual School
Service Learning