At Edmond Public Schools, students have earned the Advanced Placement® (AP®) Capstone Diploma and 13 students have earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2017-18 school year. AP Capstone is a diploma program from the College Board based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Both courses prepare students for college and career success through the development of critical thinking, academic research, collaboration, presentation, and time management skills.

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program, and we continue to look forward to providing students with opportunities to explore their passions while building college-level academic and collaboration skills,” said Associate Superintendent Dr. Debbie Bendick.

The AP Capstone program provides student-centered learning while incorporating performance-based assessments. Throughout the program, AP Seminar and AP Research students study a variety of topics across multiple disciplines and have the flexibility to choose topics of personal interest to show mastery of critical thinking, research, and presentation skills. Official AP Seminar and AP Research assessments also go beyond a single AP Exam to include academic papers, multimedia presentations, and defense of findings.

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 Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Over 1,100 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2017-18 school year when approximately 4,800 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 2,400 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

At Edmond Memorial High School, students focused their research on a range of topics, including: climate change induced migration/displacement of populations, how to effectively reduce pain and increase healing in soft tissue ankle injuries, the most appropriate and efficient way to utilize technology in a classroom setting and Alzheimer’s.     

“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.”

Of the students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma Program at Edmond Memorial High School

  • Seven were awarded the AP Capstone diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. They are Ruby Baker, Taylor Berkheimer, Amelia Bond, Liam Edgington, Sarah Green, Jared Haymore and Sophia Taliaferro.
  • Two were awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. They are Mason Kaiser and Mikayla Mckinzie.