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Experiential Learning

Capital High is committed to engaging students in a wide variety of exploratory opportunities throughout  their high school career. These experiences not only build community and engagement in our school culture, but also give our students shared lived experiences to help them better articulate their college and career interests.

Capital High staff select and design specific experiences throughout the year that students are interested in and that align with our core curricular benchmarks, including academic competencies, the Academic and Career Plan (ACP), and Social and Emotional Learning Standards (SEL).

Capital High’s facilitation and delivery of experiential opportunities are routed in the theories of the Stages of Group Development, Community Building Model and Experiential Learning Cycle; however, our primary goal is to offer students a rich variety of academic and life experiences in order to foster an engaged and passionate student population.

Below is a list of experiences students have participated in previously:

  • Kennedy Low and High Ropes Course

  • Kipp Corporation Manufacturing Field Trip
  • Canoeing
  • Aldo Leopold Nature Center

  • Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN) Hip-Hop Workshops:
    • Beats creation
    • Writing workshop with local artist
    • Recording session at Madison Media Institute
  • Project Soap Box Speech Project
  • High School Art Friday at the Wisconsin Book Festival

  • MMSD Planetarium

  • Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Madison Central Library

  • Video Game Design Workshop

  • Newscast Project

  • Ice Skating

  • OMAI Student Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

  • Spoken Word Recording at Madison Central Library Media Lab

  • Paul Mitchell ‘The School’ Tours

  • Caving at Eagle Cave

  • UW Whitewater Tour

  • Overture Center Performances
  • Second Harvest Volunteering
  • Doctor’s Ought to Care (DOC) Talks
  • Dissections opportunities:
    • Sheep hearts
    • Frogs
    • Deer heart and lungs
    • Pig lungs