Capstone is a Seminar at Warwick House for high school men

WHY CAPSTONE?

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 vibrant family; and building friendship with God and others.

The years of high school should be about more than simply getting into a good college. 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.

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.

WHEN?
Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • 5 Oct 2019
  • 2 Nov 2019
  • 7 Dec 2019
  • 4 Jan 2020
  • 1 Feb 2020
  • 7 Mar 2020
  • 4 Apr 2020
  • 2 May 2020

SEMINAR TOPICS

Both seminars follow a two-year cycle, so students hear a different set of topics every year. Topics for the upcoming year are listed below.

FRESHMAN / SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

The freshman / sophomore 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.

  • Growing in Character
  • Focus & Study
  • Courage & Perseverance
  • Dating & Courtship in College
  • Friendship
  • Setting Life Goals
  • Career Path
  • Good Use of Summer

JUNIOR / SENIOR SEMINAR

The junior / senior seminar focuses on philosophy and career preparation. The philosophy portion will give students 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 college. In the career talks, guest speakers join the seminar to speak about their professional field. They will also detail the qualities needed to be a good worker, friend, and father.

  • Conscience & Morality
  • Authority & Freedom
  • Relativism
  • Work & Society
  • Evolution
  • Career speaker: law
  • Career speaker: engineering
  • Career speaker: liberal arts

MORE INFORMATION

  • To sign up, click on the following link: register
  • The yearly fee for the program is $200
  • If you need more information, email program director Tim Barry at capstone@warwickhouse.org