Dr. John Pryor led the research for Gallup Education to develop the Gallup-Purdue Index that measured what it means to have a great life. Gallup scientists conducted multiple studies with over 300 questions to look at well-being across multiple dimensions. In the end, they found that it came down to five components, which resonate with the values of CAPSTONE:


1.  Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals

2.  Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life

3.  Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security

4.  Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community

5.  Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Daniel Pink makes the case that the in the age of ideas and information, people are motivated by three primary forces: purpose, autonomy, and creativity. The CAPSTONE approach capitalizes on each of these needs to foster in students a thirst for and ownership of continual growth.

Character Development

Paul Tough analyzes cutting-edge research from the fields of economics, psychology, and education to present a compelling case for the role of grit, curiosity, and the hidden power of character for long-term success in life.

The Classical Approach

Dr. Terrance Moore articulates the merits of a classical education for modern times.

Veith and Kern examine contemporary education theories that have failed during the 20th century. Among them are modernism, postmodernism, and multiculturalism. They show how an increasing number of schools and educators are returning to an approach to education that is the bedrock of Western culture.

Core Knowledge


Success in the 21st Century

The researcher made famous for his work on multiple intelligences, Howard Gardner, investigated what skills would best prepare students for an unknown future. His conclusion is encouraging: students will be best prepared when they develop a disciplined, synthesizing, creative, respectful, and ethical mind.