TAVARES — Thirty-five Lake County Schools students earned the AP Capstone Diploma during the 2020-21 school year. 

“We proudly recognize the achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program,” said Frances Celis. “Our AP Capstone students and teachers showed extraordinary commitment while facing historic challenges. This is a meaningful college readiness program that will serve our students well after high school.” 

To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of three or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. Students are increasingly participating in the AP Capstone program. Over 2,000 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2020-21 school year, when approximately 11,900 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma. 

 Unlike traditional AP subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project-based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year. 

Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary: students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest and they are assessed on the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects.

 “Congratulations to the AP Capstone award winners, who conduct, present, and defend academic research on topics they are passionate about,” said Trevor Packer, College Board Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction. “Their ability to manage long-term projects, collaborate with teams, and deliver effective presentations will accelerate both their academic and professional careers.”

 ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are critical to academic success.

The College Board Advanced Placement® Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A three or higher on an AP exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, thus saving them time and money. 

Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. 

Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align with their high standards.

Sherri Owens is the communications officer for Lake County Public Schools. She may be reached at 352-253-6522, or: OwensS@lake.k12.fl.us

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