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For more information about AP Capstone at Wesleyan, contact:
Dean of Students
Social Sciences Teacherjkoch@wesleyanschool.org
Senior Boys Chair
Wesleyan seeks to provide opportunities for our students to think critically, work collaboratively and communicate effectively about the world around them. We believe the AP Capstone program is one avenue that will provide this experience for our students.
Wesleyan is one of more than 100 schools world-wide to implement AP Capstone - an innovative program that allows students to engage in the rigorous development of skills critical for success in college: inquiry, research, collaboration, and writing. The program includes a two-course sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. Developed in response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of AP courses and exams.
The first of the two AP Capstone courses, AP Seminar, will start in Fall 2014.
The AP Capstone program is in the early stages of development, therefore, one-to-one credit transfer at the college level has not yet been established. Representative institutions from the AP Higher Education Advisory Committee (Columbia University, Duke University, NYU, The University of Virginia, Yale University, USC, MIT, and UPenn) along with the University of Cambridge Higher Educational Advisory Committee have provided statements endorsing this program as an excellent preparation tool for success at the collegiate level.
In addition, Wesleyan’s College Advising office has spoken with both the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. While neither institution currently awards credit, both recognize the program as one which provides a significant level of rigor.
In AP Seminar (year one), students will be assessed for their AP score through a team project and presentation, a research-based essay and presentation, and a written AP exam given during AP exams at the end of the year. These assessments are internally assessed and externally validated. In addition, students will complete a series of skills-based activities throughout the year under the guidance and direction of the instructor. These assignments are not restricted to any traditional means of assessment. However, they will be carefully explained in the course syllabus and will be graded by the course instructor.
In AP Research (year two), students will develop and compose an academic thesis which must be approved by their teacher and the College Board. They will be required to research and write about this thesis during their senior year. This research paper (approx 5,000 words/20 pages of content) will have a defined structure and will be followed by a presentation and oral defense of their research.
AP Capstone provides a diverse and integrated academic experience. It is designed to propel a variety of students towards high achievement. For students who earn the AP Capstone Diploma, the program complements the discipline-specific rigor of AP coursework and signifies their outstanding academic achievement as well as the attainment of college-level research skills. Alternatively, because of the focus of the AP Capstone program on the core academic skills needed for college success, students who only pursue the two AP Capstone courses can earn the AP Seminar & Research Certificate™ - signifying that they have attained college-level academic and research skills.