43 West Shore Jr./Sr. High School Class of 2021 Students Earn AP Capstone Diploma Honors

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students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar to receive capstone diploma

ABOVE VIDEO: Srimayi Tenali, a junior at West Shore Junior/Senior High School in Melbourne, Florida explains how AP Capstone allows students to choose their own topics of research and how the course taught her to write papers that are concise and effective. (Advanced Placement video)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – West Shore Jr./Sr. High School is celebrating 43 students from the class of 2021 who have earned the AP Capstone Diploma. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are critical to academic success.

“We proudly recognize the achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program,” said Rick Fleming, West Shore principal.

“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 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams.

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.

“We proudly recognize the achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program,” said Rick Fleming, West Shore principal. “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.” (BPS image)

AP Capstone: A Student Perspective

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

Students are increasingly participating in the AP Capstone program.

During the 2020-21 school year, over 2,000 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide, and approximately 11,900 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma.

Srimayi Tenali (Right), a junior at West Shore Junior/Senior High School in Melbourne, Florida explains how AP Capstone allows students to choose their own topics of research and how the course taught her to write papers that are concise and effective. (Advanced Placement image)
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