Academics

The Capstone Project

All seniors are required to complete a Capstone Project that demonstrates the interdisciplinary, critical and creative thinking skills they have learned at CSW. Students work closely with their capstone advisors to develop and propose a topic to explore in depth over the course of the year. Students are encouraged to think beyond traditional classroom curricula to choose a topic that is of interest to them and connects to the interests of a wider community.

As part of the project, students are required to keep a journal throughout the duration of the project and write a statement that reflects on their own personal and intellectual growth. The project culminates with a presentation to their peers and members of the Capstone Committee.

List of Recent Capstones

 
  • Running a Business in Guatemala
  • Building a Rocket
  • Disability Social Justice in Church
  • Fashion and Reflection
  • Bilingual Education
  • Writing & Illustrating a Children's Book
  • LGBTQ experiences in China
  • Running the Boston Marathon
  • Chinese Factory Labor
  • Black Sitcoms
  • Most Devisive Issue in America
  • Fashion and Technology in Figure Skating
  • Building a guitar
  • The Neuroscience of Language Learning
  • Body Positivity in Education 
  • Designing and Building a Drone
  • Building a Rube Goldberg Machine
  • Creating a Hydrogen Engine for a Moped
  • Breaking the Binary: Narratives of Race and Gender
  • Exploring Alternatives to a Two-Party U.S. System
  • Analyzing California's Response to the Drought 
  • Developing Solutions to Third-World Public Drinking Water Issues
  • Combining Quantum Physics Research with Art 
  • AC Current and the Functioning of the Tesla Coil

"It became an intersection of so much of what I love."

"For my capstone, I studied the history of the North Eastern United States through the lens of a single tree, the Eastern white pine. It became an intersection of so much of what I love: science, environmental history, writing, printmaking, the forest and trees. I had discovered each of these passions really through other learning opportunities at CSW. I found my passion for science by way of "Chemistry," essay writing through "Major Author: Flannery O'Connor." I learned whole new disciplines in my "U.S. Environmental History" and "Printmaking" classes. I found space for my love of the forest both on campus behind the George and off-campus on Wilderness Trips."

— Caroline, Watertown, MA
The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.