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What is Senior Capstone?

The Senior Capstone is a culminating activity that serves as a conclusion or a wrap-up to one’s education and training at PCA. It is understandable that one of our school’s final projects for the senior class is intricately linked to the PCA Portrait of a Graduate. The very nature of this interdisciplinary project (English, History and Bible), which includes reflection on the five elements of the Portrait, emphasizes the premise of authentic Christian education. The research, compilation, and writing process should affirm students’ ability to think critically and creatively, to make reasoned and biblically based decisions, and to communicate effectively.

Capstone Components

Literary analysis

Each student writes a literary analysis of a work studied during their Upper School tenure at PCA.

Historical analysis

Students compose a historical analysis of the time period in which the literary work chosen was set and/or written and how the historical milieu of the time period influenced the literary elements of the work.

Philosophical analysis or biblical worldview evaluation

A philosophical analysis of the theme(s) expressed or implied in the chosen literary work and an evaluation of the theme(s) in light of the clear tenets of Scripture and the Christian worldview

Portrait of a graduate synthesis

A personal reflection concerning how PCA's Portrait of a Graduate perspective influences the student's analysis of literary, historical and philosophical/biblical components. Students also discuss ways in which they believe the Portrait of a Graduate perspective continues to influence the way they view the world.

Oral Presentation

A rehearsed, polished reading or recitation of the Portrait of a Graduate Synthesis component of the Capstone Essay is presented to a three to five member panel composed of current and former PCA faculty, administration, board members and parents.

Capstone allows my student to express their deep understanding and appreciation of PCA's Portrait of a Graduate.

PCA Parent

I truly believe our children are getting an education beyond the bounds of books that allows them to follow through with the 'Great Commission,' while getting an amazing academic education.

PCA Parent