SCPS CELEBRATES AP CAPSTONE DIPLOMA RECIPIENTS

[Sanford, FL] – At Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS), 108 students have earned the Advanced Placement® (AP®) Capstone Diploma and 33 students have earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2017-18 school year. AP Capstone is a diploma program from the College Board based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Both courses prepare students for college and career success through the development of critical thinking, academic research, collaboration, presentation, and time management skills.

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program, and we continue to look forward to providing them with opportunities to explore their passions while building college-level academic and collaboration skills.  In addition, we’re extremely pleased to receive the AP Capstone Award of Distinction by College Board,” said Dr. Walt Griffin, SCPS Superintendent.

The AP Capstone program provides student-centered learning while incorporating performance-based assessments. Throughout the program, AP Seminar and AP Research students study a variety of topics across multiple disciplines and have the flexibility to choose topics of personal interest to show mastery of critical thinking, research, and presentation skills. Official AP Seminar and AP Research assessments also go beyond a single AP Exam to include academic papers, multimedia presentations, and defense of findings.

To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Over 1,100 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2017-18 school year when approximately 4,800 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 2,400 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. 

“Capstone is a blank canvas. I loved that I could conduct research on practically anything I wanted in the world,” said an AP Capstone graduate.

“Congratulations to the AP Capstone award winners, who conduct, present, and defend academic research on topics they are passionate about,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Their ability to manage long-term projects, collaborate with teams, and deliver effective presentations will accelerate not only their academic careers, but their professional careers as well.”

Of the students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma Program at SCPS:

  • 108 were awarded the AP Capstone diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams.

  • 33 were awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money. Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align their high standards.

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About Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS):

Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is an “A”-rated Premier National School district and the 12th largest in Florida.  The district has been an “A”-rated district for 18 years out of the 19-year history of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) Accountability Program.  With more than 67,000 students, SCPS is annually above the State and National average for graduation rate and is one of the highest in the State and Central Florida area.  In addition, its student’s SAT scores have been above both the State and National averages for 41-consecutive years.  The graduating class of 2018 earned more than $57 million in scholarships and boasted 1,086 Florida Academic Scholars, 566 Florida Medallion Scholars, 63 Gold Seal CAPE Scholars, and 89 Gold Seal Vocational Scholars.

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Michael Lawrence, APR
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