Q: What is CAPS?

A: Westside CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school credits and the option to complete college credit. CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

Q: Is CAPS a trade school or vocational program?
A: No. CAPS provides students the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through a profession-based, inquiry learning method. CAPS is driven by the changing workforce needs of industry, therefore facilitators and CAPS business partners collaborate to create a personalized learning experience.

Q: How do colleges/universities view CAPS students?
A: While each institution has different admission standards, showing the ability to complete real-world interdisciplinary projects is proving to differentiate CAPS students on college, university, and scholarship applications.

Q: What type of credit can be received from a CAPS course?
A: CAPS courses offer high school credit, elective and core credit. College credit is also available.

Q: What is the schedule in the CAPS program?
A: CAPS Inquiry meets for 4 mods, 1 day a week, in the morning for a semester. CAPS Seminar meets for 4 mods a week in the afternoon, 3-5 days a week, for a semester.

Q: What are the requirements to enroll?
A: Students interested in the CAPS program need to:

  • on track to graduate
  • completed Interest Application & Consent Forms
  • desire to work in a profession-based, real-world environment with other Westside CAPS students.
  • be willing to comply with business ethics (e.g. attendance) and dress codes determined by the type of CAPS study they are involved in
  • be willing to spend 2 or 3 periods a day away from their home high school
  • be able to provide their own transportation to CAPS and business partner sites