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The 8th Grade Capstone challenges our students to think about the interconnectedness of people and systems, the issues our human community faces locally and globally, and how to leverage small solutions to maximize impact." –UPrep Middle School teacher

Capstone is a culminating 8th grade learning experience where students engage in activities designed to inspire and foster civic engagement, community-building, self-reflection, and real world problem-solving.

During this intensive, students participate in three distinct learning modules:

  1. Intro to Leadership: Student learn to identify leadership qualities and skills and demonstrate their understanding through discussion, reflection, and a persuasive infographic.
  2. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Students demonstrate their critical understanding of how SDGs relate clearly and creatively to world issues and the work of nonprofit organizations.

  3. Global and Local Community Organizations: Student learn how nonprofit organizations at the local level and NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) at the global level address social issues and solve problems. 

Within the three modules, students learn and incorporate leadership skills that involve self-assessment and peer assessment with the intent to:

  • Build a collective leadership model that they apply to real-world problem-solving
  • Demonstrate learning through a variety of small products and tasks
  • Build empathy and appreciation for the impact of global SDGs and NGOs on individuals and communities
  • Engage with classmates in group and grade-level discussions

At the end of the Capstone intensive, students go on an overnight retreat with their advisors to celebrate the end of their Middle School years and learn about outdoor leadership and community service. 

Capstone Students Meet Filmmaker Zach Ingrasci

Capstone gives students the opportunity to dive deeper into UPrep's mission of global citizenship and social responsibility.


A UPrep student's Capstone project about the cycle of food.