Scholar of Technology and Applied Arts

The information on this page has been updated for the 2019-20 school year.

  1. Must take at least 8 credits of courses from the Business/Marketing Education Department.
  2. Must complete one of the articulated Business career and technology strands offered at Valley High School—Marketing, Accounting, or Computer Software and Media Applications.
  3. Have an overall GPA of at least 3.5.
  4. Have a GPA of 4.0 in the courses listed above.
  5. Actively participate for at least one year in the Business Department Career and Technical Student Organization—DECA.
  6. Must take the semester exams in all scholar track courses without Pass/No Pass.
  7. Must exhibit a “Capstone” experience.

The Capstone experience for each Scholar will be a project that exhibits a deep level of understanding of their area of interest. This Capstone will be the synthesis of the important content, skills, or knowledge that are of vital significance and importance in the Scholar’s area of focus. The Capstone will be evaluated through the lenses of three standards: a) Construction of Knowledge, b) Elaborate Written Communication, and c) Connections to the Student’s Life. Students will develop a Capstone proposal based on the following criteria:

Standard 1: Construction of Knowledge

The task asks students to interpret, analyze synthesize, or evaluate information in writing about a topic, rather than merely reproduce information. To score high, the task should require interpretation, analysis, syntheses, or evaluation of information that goes deeper than simple familiarity with the information.

Standard 2: Elaborated Written Communication*

The task asks students to draw conclusions or make generalizations or arguments and support them through extended writing. There is an explicit call for generalization AND support. The task asks students to draw conclusions or to make generalizations or arguments using narrative or expository writing, AND to substantiate them with examples, summaries, illustrations, details, or reasons.

*Elaborated communication may be most often evident in essays or research papers, but may take other forms.

Standard 3: Connections to Students’ Lives

The task asks students to connect the topic to their lives. The task asks students to connect the topic to experience, observations, feelings, or situations significant in their lives using narrative or expository writing.

The individual Capstone proposal must be approved in May of the junior year. A presentation of the Capstone experience will be adjudicated prior to May 15 of the senior year by a jury of three composed of their Capstone adviser, a Valley administrator, and a teaching and learning administrator (as available).

The Capstone adviser will meet with their team of assigned scholars. A topical agenda with Timeline will guide the process. This will be explained to all participants during the September large group meeting.

Items of Note:

  1. Scholar designation could be earned in multiple strands.
  2. Scholar’s track would require participation in DECA – the Career and Technical Student Organization tied to the Business Department.
  3. Foundations of Business an Intro to Business are OR options – Foundations of Business is only offered at VSW so if it is missed at VSW there would be no way to complete the Scholar’s track at VHS alone.
  4. Scholar tracks are aligned with State DOE designations.