AP Capstone™ Program

College Board AP Capstone™ Program and Diploma


E.A. Young Academy is proud to offer the newly developed and prestigious College Board AP Capstone™ Program. The AP Capstone™ Program is an innovative program focusing on critical inquiry, research and communication skills. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of Advanced Placement® courses and exams as well as the hands-on, minds-on philosophy that epitomizes an E.A. Young Academy educational journey.

E.A. Young Academy is one of just over 300 schools worldwide selected to implement AP Capstone™ and the only private school to offer the program in the state of Texas. The AP Capstone Program is officially an Upper School endeavor but the life long skills needed to be successful in the program begin early at Young Academy. Beginning in kindergarten, each scholar participates in Quest, a dedicated, intentional time each day to Question, Understand, Evaluate, Synthesize, Team Build, Transform and Transmit. This framework equips scholars with the power to explore academic and real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Through a variety of materials—from articles and research studies to foundational and philosophical texts—scholars will be challenged to explore complex questions; understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints; interpret and synthesize information; and develop, communicate and defend evidence-based arguments. Additionally scholars will design, plan and conduct in-depth investigations on a topic of their choosing by using research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing and synthesizing information to present an argument.

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About the Advanced Placement Program

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically-prepared students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both—while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a three or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by faculty from some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores—more than 3,800 institutions worldwide annually receive AP scores. In the last decade AP participation and performance rates have nearly doubled. In May 2014, 2.3 million students representing more than 19,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took over 4 million AP Exams.

About the College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.

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