Hampton Bays to become AP Capstone school

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Beginning in September 2019, Hampton Bays High School students will be afforded the opportunity to earn a prestigious AP Capstone diploma through the College Board’s rigorous AP Capstone Diploma program. 

The two-year program, which is only offered in about 1,800 schools across the country, consists of two college-level courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. The courses use an interdisciplinary approach to develop students’ critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management and presentation skills.    

“We are very proud to offer this program,” said Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen. “The AP Capstone Diploma signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.”

Students enrolled in the two-year program will be required to take AP Seminar first, where they will work on research papers, written arguments and presentations. In AP Research, students will design, execute and defend a yearlong, research-based project. Those who successfully complete both courses and score a 3 or higher on four additional AP exams will earn an AP Capstone diploma upon graduation. 

Since 2005, the Hampton Bays School District’s AP program has grown 150 percent. The district currently offers 15 AP courses for students to pursue. 

Teachers will be trained to instruct the new courses as part of the implementation process.