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Clover Park High School ap Capstone program to challenge students to succeed

Clover Park High School (CPHS) will be an Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone school for the 2016-17 school year. AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for their future college success: research, collaboration and communication. The program includes a two-course sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research.

Next year, 11th- and 12th-grade students can take the AP Seminar course. In the yearlong seminar course, students will consider one topic or issue, thoroughly analyze it through collaborative work and writing, and engage with a high-level instructor.

“AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of AP courses and exams Clover Park High School already offers,” said CPHS principal Tim Stults. “This program prepares students for an exceptional college experience.”

The second course, AP Research, will be offered to seniors once they’ve completed the AP Seminar course. Students will build on their work from the AP Seminar course and develop a research project they will discuss and defend. Once students successfully complete both courses, they receive a special designation on their diploma.

“This is almost like a master’s thesis and is great preparation for college,” said Stults. “Completion of this program will help students distinguish themselves and make them competitive in the global economy.”

This is the first year the Capstone program has been offered to schools. CPHS declared its desire to participate in the program last summer and sent several CPHS teachers to AP workshops. CPHS currently offers more than a dozen AP courses.