City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Student Mentoring

Be the change you want to see in the world

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
-Ralph Waldo Emerson 
The Cultural Arts Commission believes in fostering an appreciation for and participation in the arts at a young age. The purpose of the Arts in Community Education Program is to promote the advocacy of arts education and make the arts an integral part of learning for students in grades k - 12 within the city's public, private, and parochial schools. By working together and partnering in artistic endeavors we help to fulfill our mission to provide and promote a diverse, lively, accessible arts environment that advances the cultural assets and enriches the quality of life of the community. Staff and Cultural Arts Commissioners accept the challenge and responsibility of mentoring students in our community and helping them realize their goals.
The Senior Capstone Project is designed to be the culmination of the student's experience at Upper Arlington High School and is an opportunity for the student to explore his or her various interests, passions, and curiosities, while showcasing academic skills and community engagement. Similarly, the project is a vehicle for the student to demonstrate autonomy, complexity, uniqueness, and awareness. While the project has significant academic components, it may explore a field not traditionally considered academic, but one in which the student has a talent or passion. 
The Capstone project will be completed in 12th grade Language Arts classes and will be a significant part of the grade for this course. Students will also be given 5 full-day release days (3 common and 2 student choice) to work on the different components of the project. Successful completion of Capstone (at least a holistic 4 on the scoring guide--70%-- for each component) is required for graduation.