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Schools picked for AP Capstone program
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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 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 a press release. “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 host informational fairs in February.

Northeast High School hosted its 10th grade College and Career Ready Night on Feb. 4. Countryside High School hosted its Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Fair on Feb. 5.

Boca Ciega High School will host its College, Career and Registration Fair on Monday, Feb. 10, 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 presented 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.
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