Registration begins in February for the 2014-2015 school year
Boca Ciega, Northeast and Countryside High Schools are three of nearly 100 schools worldwide selected to implement AP Capstone™ – an innovative program that allows students to engage in the rigorous development of skills critical for success in college inquiry, research, collaboration, and writing. The program includes a two-course sequence: Advanced Placement (AP®) Seminar and AP Research. The first of the two AP Capstone courses, AP Seminar, will start in fall 2014. The program is designed to be taken in sequence during the junior and senior year, targeting students who have passed or have the potential to pass an AP exam.
“We are one of the few districts in the country to have an opportunity to offer AP Capstone™ to students at three of our high schools,” said Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael Grego. “In the coming years, we hope to expand this innovative program to even more high schools within the district to prepare a broader, more diverse student population for college and career success.”
Current sophomores at Boca Ciega, Northeast and Countryside will be encouraged to apply to the program if they have passed or have the potential to pass an AP exam.
The three high schools offering AP Capstone™ will hold informational fairs in February on the following dates:
Northeast High School
•10th grade College and Career Ready Night on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for parents and current 10th grade students in Northeast High’s auditorium. Attendees will learn more about the AP Capstone Diploma and AP Seminar course at this session.
Countryside High School
•Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Fair on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. for parents and current 10th grade students to learn more about Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses offered, including the AP Capstone Diploma and Certificate and an advanced sign-up for 11th graders for the PSAT/MMSQT. Current 10th grade students will register for classes for the 2014-2015 school year during the week of Feb. 3.
Boca Ciega High School
•College, Career and Registration Fair on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. for current 10th grade students currently enrolled in AP courses or who have the potential to pass an AP exam. The fair will be held in the main auditorium. Current 10th grade students will register for classes for the 2014-15 school year during the week of Feb. 10.
Developed in response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone™ complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of AP courses and exams currently offered at the three schools. The seminar course will equip students with the power to explore academic and real-world issues through an interdisciplinary lens and consider multiple points of view. The AP Research course will allow students to design, plan, and conduct a yearlong mentored investigation on a topic of their choosing.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams and scores of 3 or higher on four AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™.