Senior Capstone

Capstone is a mandatory one-semester course for SJA Jeju seniors which will begin in 2019 – 2020. The culmination of all previous learning, capstone serves as an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of SJA Jeju standards as they prepare to further their education, embark on their careers, and carry the overall SJA Jeju experience into their personal and professional lives.

The capstone curriculum is linked to the 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 address community.

In addition to meeting the mission of the school, the goals of senior capstone are to help students:

  • Broaden their academic capabilities.

  • Embrace creativity and productivity to create a professional end product that reflects enhanced talents and passions.

  • Prepare to be persistent problem solvers who are adaptive to change in a globally competitive society.

  • Facilitate cross-community exchanges and communication both with young people and with elders by means of intergenerational interviews, conversations, and field research.

  • Nurture leadership opportunities, community involvement, citizenship, team building, and collaboration with peers and professionals.

  • Recognize the importance of technology integration, universal media tools, and state-of the art presentations in the 21st century.

  • Understand the essence of business management, competence, and professionalism, including the use of formal presentations, follow-through, and product outcome.

  • Build self-confidence, perseverance, integrity, and responsibility.

The principal expectations of a capstone student is that he/she will: enter into either a professional or an academic conversation about an idea/issue/topic, using research, problem solving interpersonal and communication skills; instill habits of professionalism and civil discourse; and develop a portfolio of work that will exhibit skills and dispositions as they enter adulthood.

From concept through completion, students will be guided through a series of tasks that enable them to do more than deliver a final presentation. Incorporating real-life experiences from the business and academic worlds and implementing innovative ideas, (as well as ideals), students should be left with a tangible product that they may use as a resource for the rest of their lives.