Special Programs-L.E.O, Capstone, Endorsements, OneSchoolhouse
The Directed Research Senior Capstone Course is designed as a culminating experience. Students can delve into an area of passion through individualized research, hands-on learning and mentorship. Comprehensive, year-long research topics typically build off of academic courses already completed.
Capstone Student: Sarah Taffet '18
"Capstone was one of the most important classes I took during my academic career at the Mount. It prepared me for college through both the expectations and course content, but also in learning to communicate and value others in an advisory capacity and role of mentorship. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have had Jessie Garcia '08, entrepreneur and CEO of Tozuda, as my mentor because she served as an incredible role model who provided me with a tangible example of a female self-starter and tireless worker. I am thankful for the connection that this mentorship opportunity has brought to me and am proud of the fact that we still keep in touch."
Blending traditional liberal arts and real-world education
The Mount is thrilled to be the second school in the state, and the first all girls school, to be chosen for the L.E.O. Program. Working to blend traditional liberal arts with innovative, real-world educational opportunities, the Mount not only focuses on college prep but career readiness as well.
The LEO program is a two-year intensive, taught by faculty, business experts and professional entrepreneurs, encompassing the full life cycle of creating a business or product from ideation to launch, with the focus on leadership, entrepreneurship, and opportunities.
The LEO Program is a two year commitment during the junior and senior years. This program is designed to create business-minded leaders and entrepreneurs. It is an intensive program that is designed to get students excited about becoming entrepreneurs by giving them the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service.
Real-world entrepreneurs and business experts will serve as coaches and mentors guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research, and business plan development. In addition, lectures will be given by leaders of business and/or government covering a variety of business topics.
Over the course of the year, student teams will learn about marketing, accounting, as well as the legal aspects of starting a business. They will have access to a network of professionals to further develop their skills (teamwork, problem solving, presentation, communication) for college and career readiness. Pitch week helps to further fire the entrepreneurial spirit by putting student teams in front of actual investors so they can pitch their innovative idea to win funding and turn it into an actual business.
Students must earn acceptance into the program program by the LEO Foundation and approval by the Dean of Academics.
The Endorsement programs incorporate a two-year sequence of courses that allows students interested in careers in health sciences and social justice to pursue in-depth explorations of those areas, similar to a major in college.
Learn more about the Health Sciences and Social Justice programs:
Team 5992 is comprised of MSDA and Seton Hall Prep students with the main goal of following the mission of FIRST by engaging members in various STEM activities. Students are encouraged to innovate collectively, and are introduced to a career in STEM. Mount students learn about business, creativity, design, computer science, mechanics, and more.
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