WATSON — Live Oak High School will add the College Board’s Advanced Placement Capstone program this fall, which stresses research, collaboration and communication skills.
“This innovative program gets a broader, more diverse student population ready for college and beyond,” said Beth Jones, Live Oak High principal.
“The program gives our teachers more leeway with curriculum choices, so their students can access more challenging coursework and sharpen their reading and writing skills.”
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program helps high school students pursue college-level studies in 34 subjects, with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both.
The AP Capstone program consists of two consecutive courses: AP Seminar and AP Research.
Jennifer Flurry, librarian and AP English literature and composition teacher, will teach the initial AP Seminar class this fall.
She will prepare for the class by attending a summer institute at the University of Texas at Arlington.
For the 2017-18 school year, Live Oak also will expand its AP offerings to 22 courses.
“I am excited with Live Oak High School’s opportunity to participate in the AP Capstone program,” said Rick Wentzel, Livingston Parish superintendent.
“AP Capstone is a unique program that teaches skills valuable not only for college but also for life preparation,” he said. “The ability to analyze, to critically think, and to present information in these AP courses prepare the students for the rest of their lives.”
The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, helps students look at real-world issues from multiple perspectives.
“The AP Capstone program encourages students to excel as independent learners, as well as work collaboratively with their peers to explore and analyze various real world issues,” said Jody Purvis, Livingston Parish high school supervisor.
Using a variety of materials — articles, research studies, foundational and philosophical texts — students study complex questions, understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints, interpret information and construct, communicate and defend evidence-based arguments.
Education, innovation, sustainability and technology are examples of themes or topics covered in the AP Seminar. Teachers have the flexibility to choose subject content based on student interests.
Students are assessed through a team project and presentation, an individual project and presentation and an end-of-course written exam.
In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan and conduct a yearlong research investigation on a topic of individual interest. They document their process with a portfolio.
Students learn how to understand research methodology, employ ethical research practices and collect and analyze information to present, and defend, an argument.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP exams can earn the AP Capstone Diploma.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments without taking four additional AP exams can earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.