The eighth-grade Capstone program is the culmination of students’ middle school careers. Before graduating, students must reflect on who they are, their role in family and community, and the direction they want to travel as they begin to accept the responsibilities of adulthood. The Capstone project requires students to apply acquired research, writing and presentation skills in learning about their family heritage. Eighth-graders also participate in community service during the spring, by leading a one-day Middle School service project. The final Capstone component involves a rite-of-passage experience modeled after coming-of-age rituals from around the world. Each eighth-grade student presents their capstone experience to an audience of students, teachers and parents at the end of the school year.