WHS Achieves Capstone Status

Windsor High School Achieves Capstone Status
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Windsor High School Achieves Capstone Status

High School to Participate in College Board AP Capstone Diploma Program that Focuses on College-Level Skills Crucial for College and Career Success


Windsor, CO – Windsor High School (WHS) is one of approximately 1,500 schools worldwide to implement the Advanced Placement (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. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific studies 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 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™.


Windsor High School will start AP Seminar in the fall of 2018.


“We are thrilled to bring this rigorous program to WHS to complement our Advanced Placement courses and provide yet another avenue for our students to prepare for college and beyond,” said Windsor High School Principal Michelle Scallon. “The challenging coursework will help our students polish their research, reading, and writing skills.”


The AP Seminar course, taken in 11th or 12th grade, equips students with the ability to look at academic and real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Through a variety of materials, including research studies and foundational and philosophical texts, students tackle complex questions; understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints; interpret and synthesize information; and construct, communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments. Students are assessed through a team project and presentation, an individual project and presentation, and an end-of-course written exam.


In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation of a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio. Students build on skills developed in the AP Seminar course by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to build, present, and defend an argument.


“One of the reasons we’re so excited about AP Capstone is that the College Board developed it in partnership with the higher education community,” Scallon said. “The program will give our students the opportunity to practice skills that will serve them well in college and their careers through a program that is largely supported by colleges and universities around the nation.”