AP Capstone

Lovejoy ISD is pleased to offer a new program beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

The College Board, in partnership with institutes of higher education, has created an innovative program that provides students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for a successful college experience. The AP Capstone program, which includes AP Seminar and AP Research, is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth studies provided through existing AP courses offered in Lovejoy.

The first course, AP Seminar, emphasizes research, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and developing a strong understanding of real-world issues. Students complete a team project focused on a complex real-world or academic question, write a research-based essay and present their findings, and complete a written end-of-course exam similar to other AP courses.

In the second course, AP Research, students further their skills through an independent investigation to address a research question. Students write an academic paper (4000-5000 words) and prepare a presentation with an oral defense that is presented to a panel of evaluators.

Students earning a score of 3 or higher on AP Seminar, AP Research, and four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students earning a 3 or higher on both the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

AP Seminar is now open for enrollment and is available to all students entering 11th grade. Interested students should contact their counselor for registration information.

 A parent presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Lovejoy High School.