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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 will complete a Capstone Project to meet the graduation requirement. This checklist includes the process by which a student can complete a Capstone Project. 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 apply math in a workplace environment, design and complete a project, educate others about the project through a formal presentation, and then reflect and assess performance and learning.

Overview:  Students will showcase math, language arts, and essential skills. Possible outcomes include:

  • A physical product or service resulting from chosen fieldwork (to be aligned with an internship where possible)
  • A qualitative research product and a written reflection of the entire project
  • An artistic endeavor that showcases a cumulative experience
  • An experience, through reflection, presents growth (travel, athletic challenge, etc.)


All Capstones include:


  • An oral presentation, accompanied by a portfolio, to a panel composed of district/school staff and community members (advisor, mentor, internship employer, etc.)
  • Presentation to the community via the Senior Capstone Expo


This experience cannot rely solely upon what you already know but must demonstrate an aspect of new learning and growth.  

Yearly Sessions (per grade level)

By definition, a session is the time frame we meet with students each month on the early release schedule. Each grade level will have eight sessions to attend through the year, apart from freshmen, who will only attend in January, February, March, and April after they have chosen a pathway. Topics below detail the specific tasks to be completed in each session.

Sessions for 2019-2020:

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 Session 7 Session 8
Sept. 20 Oct. 18 Nov. 15 Dec. 6 Jan. 24 Feb. 21 Mar. 27 Apr. 24