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Auburn High School’s Gifted Academy celebrates its AP Capstone Diploma Recipients

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Nineteen Auburn High School Gifted Academy students from the graduating class of 2023 earned both the AP Capstone DiplomaTM and the AP Seminar & Research CertificateTM. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are crucial for academic success.

“We proudly recognize the achievements of students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program,” said Adam Cengiz, the principal of Special Programs at Auburn High School.

“Our AP Capstone students and teachers displayed exceptional dedication to this impactful, multi-academic-year program where they got to explore their passions through scholarly research. This is a meaningful college readiness program that will serve our students well after high school.”

Unlike traditional AP subject exams with a single end-of-year assessment, AP Seminar and AP Research assessments are project based and evaluate skills mastery through group projects, presentations, and individual essays completed throughout the year.

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 of their choice. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Students are increasingly participating in the AP CapstoneTM program. The program has reached a milestone of over 100,000 students participating during the 2022-23 academic year, representing over 2,500 schools worldwide. Approximately 15,800 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma, and 9,600 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.