South Sumter High School to Participate in the College Board AP Capstone Diploma Program


Diploma Program Focuses on College-Level Independent Research, Collaborative Teamwork, and Communication and Writing Skills Crucial for College and Career Success

South Sumter High School is one of approximately 1,500 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone™ diploma program—an innovative program that allows students to develop 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. 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® courses and exams.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will each earn the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP research assessments only (but not on four additional AP Exams) will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.

Superintendent of Schools Richard Shirley, “This innovative program gets a broader, more diverse student population ready for college and beyond. The program gives our teachers more leeway with curriculum choices so their students can access more challenging coursework and sharpen their reading and writing skills.”

SSHS will start AP Seminar in the fall of 2018. The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, equips students with the ability to look at academic or real-world issues from multiple perspectives. In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio.

“We’re 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 abilities professors want their students to possess.”

South Sumter principal, Christina McKinney said, “At SSHS, we already have a strong AP Program and awesome students, so offering them the AP Capstone Diploma and Certificate opportunities is a great next step toward making our students competitive and prepared for college.”

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