Somerset Academy Charter High School is one of approximately 1,800 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone™ Diploma program―an innovative program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success, such as research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research.
Students who score a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP
Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing earn the AP Capstone
Diploma™. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of
college-level academic and research skills. Students who score a 3 or higher in
both AP Seminar and AP Research (but not on four additional AP Exams) earn the
AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.
Somerset Academy Charter High School will start offering AP
Seminar in the fall of 2019.
In AP Seminar, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, students choose and evaluate complex topics through multiple lenses; identify credibility and bias in sources; and develop arguments in support of a recommendation. AP Seminar is a project-based learning course. Official AP Seminar assessments include research reports, written arguments, and presentations completed during the academic year.
In the subsequent AP Research course, students design,
execute, present, and defend a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic
of individual interest. They build on skills developed in AP Seminar by
learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research
practices; and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to contribute to
academic research. Like AP Seminar, AP Research is a project-based course. Each
student’s official AP Research score is based on their academic paper,
presentation, and oral defense.
For more information regarding the AP Capstone Program, please contact Ms. Maggie Crawford at email@example.com