Capstone Programs

ENHANCED DIPLOMA OPPORTUNITIES

AP Capstone

AP Capstone™ is an innovative diploma program from the College Board that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses. In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments. In AP Research, students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research in order to produce and defend a scholarly academic paper. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and

AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. AP Seminar may also be taken as a stand-alone option.


AP Capstone Seminar

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 11, 12

Description: AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

AP Capstone Research (Course will be available to Senior during the 2018-19 school year)

Duration: 1 Year

Grade Level(s): 12

Prerequisite: AP Capstone Seminar

Description: Although the topic of each research study will vary, the course requires students to plan and conduct a study or investigation. The course provides opportunities (activities/assignments) for students to

• Understand principles of discipline-specific research methods (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed)

•Employ appropriate disciplinary research methods to develop, manage, and conduct an in-depth study or investigation in an area of student’s own interest, culminating in a 4000–5000 word paper (accompanied by an additional piece of scholarly work — where applicable — to be performed or exhibited).

• Present (using appropriate media) and defend the research design, approach, and findings to a panel.

•Document their processes and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio.

Certificate of Excellence

The Certificate of Excellence program allows exceptional and motivated seniors to have a one year capstone experience designing, developing, and executing both a major service initiative and a sustained inquiry or research project. As the culmination of their experience and in fulfillment of a final requirement students earning a Certificate of Excellence must give a formal presentation and defense of their work.

The Diploma of Distinction

The Diploma of Distinction provides an intensive two year course of study and capstone experience for gifted, motivated, curious, and self-reflective students. Candidates for this diploma design, develop, and executing both an innovative and significant service initiative and a sustained inquiry or research project. In addition, candidates work closely in independent study and directed readings with a faculty advisors, explore opportunities for internships and outside the classroom learning, and take interdisciplinary seminar classes in research methods, theory of knowledge, and creative problem solving. As the culmination of their experience and in fulfillment of a final requirement students earning a Certificate of Excellence must give a formal presentation and defense of their work.

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