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Sequoyah High School has been selected for an international program offering select graduates a prestigious recognition.

Starting next school year, Sequoyah students will have the opportunity to begin earning the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma from The College Board, a program focused on strengthening research, collaboration, and communication skills to further prepare for college and career success.

“Sequoyah High School is very excited to provide this opportunity for our students,” Principal Robert Van Alstyne said. “With only 66 other high schools in Georgia participating, the AP Capstone program will keep Sequoyah among the elite schools in the Southeast.”

Van Alstyne cited the work of teachers Andy Oberlies and Cathy Murphy, Assistant Principal Heather Phillips and Amanda Ruiz of CCSD’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction for their efforts to win approval for the school.

Sequoyah is only the second school in CCSD, following Etowah High School, to be approved for the AP Capstone program, which was developed by The College Board in partnership with colleges and universities.

“I’m so proud of the efforts to achieve this opportunity for Sequoyah’s students,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Our educators rise to the challenge of teaching accelerated coursework, and our students’ consistent high exam scores show their shared dedication. The AP Capstone program takes our advanced academic opportunities to the next level.”

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher for AP Seminar and AP Research coursework, as well as scores of 3 or higher on four additional AP course exams will earn the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who score a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and Research, but not on the four additional AP exams, will earn an AP Seminar and Research Certificate. Through AP classes, high school students participate in college-level studies and have the opportunity to earn college credit by earning exam scores of 3 or higher.

The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, is project-based, with students completing research reports, written arguments and presentations; the course concludes with an AP final exam in May. The subsequent AP Research course also is project-based and is focused on designing, writing, presenting, and defending a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of the student’s choice. Instead of an end-of-course exam to determine possible college credit, the AP Research final score is based on that academic paper, presentation and oral defense.

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