St. Mary’s Ryken AP Capstone Diploma Program Begins in 2018-19

St. Mary's Ryken is excited to announce that beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the school will participate in the College Board AP Capstone Diploma Program. SMR is one of approximately 1,500 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone diploma program.


The AP Capstone program focuses on college-level independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication and writing skills crucial for college and career success.


This innovative program allows students to develop 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. AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific study of other Advanced Placement® courses and exams.


"This innovative program complements the AP courses that SMR currently offers our students, and will help to better prepare them for the expectations in college and beyond," said Dr. Rick Wood. "Skills such as writing, research, analyzation and presentation skills are critical to college success. AP Research and AP Seminar will both help to strengthen these skills."


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.



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