Diploma Program Focuses on Inquiry, Research, and Writing Skills Crucial for College and Career Success
Roxbury, NJ (December 19, 2016) - In 2017/2018, Roxbury High School will become one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone – an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific study of other Advanced Placement course and exams.
A student who earns a score of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and on the AP Research assessments will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. A student who earns a score of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and on the AP Research Assessments as well as a score of 3 or higher on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.
The AP Seminar course, equips students with the ability to look at real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Through a variety of materials – articles, research studies, foundational and philosophical texts – students tackle complex questions; understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints; interpret and synthesize information; and construct, communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments. By tapping into students’ personal interests, AP Capstone gives students from a wide range of backgrounds an entry point into stimulating coursework more than ever before. Students in the Seminar course are assessed through: a team project and presentation, and individual project and presentation, and an end-of-course written exam.
In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio. Students build on skills developed in the AP Seminar course by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices, and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to build, present, and defend an argument.
“We are proud to offer AP Capstone, which enables students and teachers to focus on topics of their choice in great depth,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and Instruction at the College Board. He adds, “This provides terrific opportunities for students to develop the ability to write and present their work effectively, individually, and in groups – the very skills college professors want their students to possess.”
Roxbury High School Principal, Jeffrey Swanson, agrees, “The implementation of the AP Capstone Program at Roxbury High School will afford our students the opportunity to extend and hone their academic skills in a fashion not presented to them previously. We look forward to the many accomplishments of our students both here and in their academic pursuits after graduation.”
Loretta Radulic, Superintendent, comments, "We are very pleased to embark upon offering the AP Capstone program to students at Roxbury High School which is the culmination of a collaborative effort by administration and staff. The AP Capstone program will provide our students with the prospect to increase the rigor level of their studies affording those who participate with a learning experience to compliment their already extensive program. It provides them an opportunity to compete on a higher level for post-secondary learning."
Roxbury High School will start AP Seminar in the fall of 2017 with students in the Class of 2020.