High School Students
Capstone is a Seminar at Warwick House for high school men.
The years of high school should be about more than simply getting good grades. Rather, they ought to prepare a student for a happy life, which is ultimately founded upon a strong character. In Capstone, we encourage the kind of character growth that makes for a good life, both now and in the future.
A strong and enduring building can only be constructed with a clear set of plans. It is the same with life.
Capstone encourages high school men to think about the kind of life they want to build. In particular, we focus on three tasks of life: serving society through work; forming a family, and building a friendship with God and others.
What we do?
The Capstone seminar takes place each month at Warwick House. During the seminar, Warwick staff start off with a discussion about a key virtue or big idea. Guest speakers with strong academic or professional insights are occasionally invited to contribute. We also study literature and film to draw lessons for our own lives.
Students are encouraged to maintain contact with a mentor from Warwick House throughout the month, as suits their desire and schedule. The mentor assigned to the student will coach him in finding practical applications from the seminar’s lessons. Mentoring meetings can take place in person once per month, and be supplemented by a brief phone call between meetings. In these conversations, the student is guided to develop and maintain a few monthly goals that will help him grow in character.
- 10 Oct 2020
- 7 Nov 2020
- 5 Dec 2020
- 2 Jan 2021
- 6 Feb 2021
- 6 Mar 2021
- 10 Apr 2021
- 1 May 2021
The seminars follow a four-year cycle, so students hear a different set of topics every year. Topics for the current academic year are listed below.
The Capstone seminar is about the virtues needed to succeed in high school and in life. Virtues are good habits that, when repeated, lead to happiness. The seminar also includes practical guidelines on setting goals for the future — developing friends and study habits during the school year, choosing good activities for the summer, and growing in self-knowledge about their academic and career inclinations.
TOPICS FOR 2020/2021
Topics for this academic year include:
- Growing in Character
- Focus & Study
- Courage & Perseverance
- Dating & Courtship in College
- Setting Life Goals
- Career Path
- Good Use of Summer
Occasionally, topics on philosophy might also be covered. These topics will give participants the opportunity to learn about big ideas influencing society today. It will help prepare them to explain their own views in conversations with friends now, and later on, in life. Examples of these topics are:
- Conscience & Morality
- Authority & Freedom
- Work & Society