Heritage takes on AP Capstone

For the upcoming fall semester of 2015 Heritage High School has incorporated the AP Capstone Diploma Program.


“I want to take Capstone because it is the future of education and I want to be on the starting side of that,” says Adam Downing ’17. “It incorporates a new style of learning with the fun and freedom it offers students.”

The first class required is AP Seminar. In this class students will be able to investigate world issues while gathering information to create a viable argument. This class is being offered in the 2015-16 school year and needs to be completed before taking the second course.

“I want to take AP Seminar because I get to study what I want to study as well as showing off my public speaking skills,” says Downing.

The second course is AP Research. Students will conduct independent research projects in their choice of field to create an educated thesis. This class is not being offered in the next school year but will be offered in the 2016-17 school year. AP Research is going to replace Heritage’s current Science Research class.

“I am interested in being a part of a class that teaches me real world skills in terms of research and I can truly explore whatever I want,” says Jack Spangler ’17. “I will help a ton with college as well.”

When students have completed these courses they will have to take an AP exam, like all the other AP courses offered at Heritage. The students who receive a three or higher on both exams as well as four additional AP exams in whatever subject the student chooses receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who only take the two AP exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

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