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Incline High to launch College Board’s AP Capstone program

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline High School is one of more than 600 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone — an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for their future college success: research, collaboration, and communication.

AP Capstone (split into a 2-course AP Seminar and AP Research sequence) was developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, as it complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of Advanced Placement courses and exams.

Students who complete AP Seminar and AP Research with scores of 3 or higher, and receive scores of 3 or higher on four AP Exams in subjects of their choosing, will receive the AP Capstone Diploma.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on the two AP Capstone exams but do not take or earn qualifying scores on four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

Incline High School will start AP Seminar in the fall 2016.

"This innovative program prepares a broader, more diverse student population for college and career success," said Leslie Hermann, principal of Incline High School. "It also provides our teachers with flexibility in the curriculum to expand access to challenging course work and the development of important skills."

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The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, will equip students with the power to explore academic and real-world issues from multiple perspectives.

Through a variety of materials — from articles and research studies to foundational and philosophical texts — students will be challenged to explore complex questions; understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints; interpret and synthesize information; and develop, communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments.

The subsequent AP Research course will allow students to design, plan, and conduct a yearlong investigation on a topic of their choosing with support from experts at the university level or in the community.

Students will build on the skills learned in the AP Seminar course by using research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information to present an argument. At the end of the course students have the confidence to present and orally defend their own scholarly academic research.

"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. "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."

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This article was submitted by the Washoe County School District. Visit washoeschools.net to learn more.