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Capstone Introduction

Cañon City High School

Graduation & Capstone Requirements

Reference CCSD BoE Policy: IKF-2

Beginning with the Class of 2021

School District Fremont RE-1 Cañon City Schools does not discriminate in any of its programs, activities or employment with regard to sex, color, disability, race or national origin

Complaints may be filed verbally, in writing or anonymously. If you wish to file a complaint using the district complaint form, please submit to:

Mrs. Misty Manchester Title IX, Section 504, and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, 101 North 14th Street, Cañon City, Colorado 81212

Telephone: (719) 276-5700


The Colorado State School Board of Education mandated minimum graduation requirements for the graduating class of 2021 and beyond. The Cañon City Board of Education approved the guidelines contained within this book for our students beginning with the class of 2021.  

Credit Requirements by Subject Area

District Approved Graduation Requirements

In lieu of attaining a minimum score on one of the approved standardized tests, a student may complete a Capstone Project to meet the graduation requirement. This checklist includes the process by which a student can complete a Capstone Project.  Further, a student must successfully complete a Capstone Project in order to earn a Pathways Endorsement with Honors. With CCHS staff instruction and guidance and with a student’s self-advocacy and leadership, future graduates will benefit from the exciting endeavor that is Capstone.  

Capstone Project Mission Statement

The Cañon City High School Capstone Project will provide a cumulative evaluation instrument to validate a graduating student’s ability to research from a variety of media, apply math in a workplace environment, conduct research, design and complete a project, and teach others about the project through a formal presentation.

The Capstone Project allows each student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her years of educational experience. Math, language arts, and 21st-Century skills are showcased in a three-part process. The essential components include:

  • A physical product or service resulting from chosen fieldwork typically conducted during an internship
  • A qualitative pre-search product
  • An oral presentation accompanied by a portfolio, which synthesizes the first two components and is presented before a panel composed of district/school staff and community members

A successful Capstone Project journey involves parental, community, and teacher support as well as student initiative and self-discipline. Early in the process, a Topic Proposal form is due, which will require you to explain your project focus and outline the steps needed to obtain your goals for the project.  If you chose a group Capstone Project, you must also complete the division of labor worksheet. These are the first steps of the Capstone Project.