Students at Hilton Head Preparatory School will be able to participate in the AP Capstone diploma program beginning next fall.
The private school is one of about 1,000 schools worldwide to implement the program, which focuses on honing students’ research, collaboration and communication skills. Only four other schools in South Carolina offer the program: two in Columbia, one in Cayce and one in Spartanburg.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on two courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, and on four additional AP exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher only on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments will earn a certificate.
The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, equips students with the ability to look at real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students are assessed through a team project and presentation, an individual project and presentation, and an end-of-course written exam.
In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan and conduct a year-long, research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio. Students build on skills developed in the AP Seminar course by learning how to understand research methodology, employ ethical research practices, and collect, analyze and synthesize information to build, present and defend an argument.