Auburn High School is one of only about 1,500 schools worldwide to implement the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone diploma program. The innovative program allows students to develop fundamental skills for college success, such as research, collaboration and communication.
Students in my class choose reading, research and projects that interest them. When interest is synthesized with learning, student growth can be impressive. Most importantly the application of academic thought to personal interests affirms the positive and beneficial role that learning plays in the students' lives. AP Capstone allows students to see firsthand that academic thought enriches and enlivens life, all while developing skills.
The AP Capstone program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar – in which 78 Auburn juniors are enrolled – and AP Research, which those juniors will take next year as seniors.
My students will graduate with the AP Capstone Diploma if they earn a score of a 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP Exams. That will signify their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. On the Common Application, for example (an undergraduate college admission application), students are asked if they are AP Capstone scholars, because colleges and universities value the preparation students gain from the experience. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments can still earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, even without the additional AP Exam scores.
I'm looking forward to my students graduating in May 2020 with an AP Capstone Diploma or AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
You can find more about the College Board Advanced Placement Program here.
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