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Burleson ISD Celebrates Its AP Capstone Diploma Recipients

Over 1,500 schools participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program, valued by colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world

Sept. 9, 2020 – At Burleson Independent School District (BISD), five students earned the Advanced Placement® (AP®) Capstone Diploma, and two students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ during the 2018-19 school year.

These students were awarded the AP Capstone Diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams:
Cameron Marsh
Lucas McConnell
Jacob Mickels
Hope Moffatt
Brianne Stearns

Students Victoria Hunter and Ronald Robertson were awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research.

The AP Capstone Diploma program allows students to develop critical thinking, research, and presentation skills, both individually and as a team. Students conduct academic research on topics of personal interest in two interdisciplinary courses: AP Seminar and AP Research.

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. To receive the AP Seminar and Research CertificateTM, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Over 1,500 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2018-19 school year when approximately 7,800 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 4,100 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

“Congratulations to the AP Capstone award winners, who conduct, present, and defend academic research on topics they are passionate about,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Their ability to manage long-term projects, collaborate with teams, and deliver effective presentations will accelerate not only their academic careers but their professional careers as well.”

The College Board Advanced Placement Program gives students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money. Research shows AP students are better prepared for and more likely to enroll and remain in college, do well in classes, and earn their degrees on time. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams align their high standards.