White Station High School Joins College Boardâ€™s AP Capstone Program
February 06, 2014 572 views
Memphis, Tenn. – White Station High School has been selected as one of 121 schools worldwide chosen to implement AP (Advanced Placement) 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. White Station is one of three high schools in Tennessee participating in the College Board initiative in fall 2014.
Currently offering 25 AP courses for students, this new initiative will allow students to graduate with an AP Capstone Diploma in addition to their traditional Shelby County Schools diploma.
“We are extremely honored to have been selected as one of the few schools in the world to participate in the AP Capstone Program,” said David Mansfield, principal. “Students will have an opportunity to be exposed to coursework that is comparable to the Theory of Knowledge curriculum offered in an IB (International Baccalaureate) school. I think this will definitely give our students another advantage when it comes to the college admissions process.”
The AP Capstone 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. These yearlong courses will challenge students to employ various research techniques, ability to analyze data and to present and defend an argument.
“Historically, White Station High School has been recognized as one of highest performing schools in our district and the state,” said Dorsey Hopson, Superintendent of Shelby County Schools. “White Station’s students are already receiving recognition on a national level. The new AP Capstone program provides an opportunity for students to now compete on a global scale and further prepare them for success beyond the classroom.”