Science Hill High School continues to provide opportunities that challenge its students in the classroom. Most recently, it was announced that Science Hill had 32 students who earned the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma for the 2021-2022 school year. Also, 21 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are critical for academic success.
“In our continuing efforts to provide the best education to all of our students, we see the AP Capstone program as an essential piece of the curriculum offered at SHHS,” Science Hill Principal Josh Carter said. “The AP Capstone program provides students with a rigorous college experience within the safety net of a high school setting. Our dedicated teachers create a classroom that focuses on critical thinking, research, and academic writing.”
“Our students continue to excel within this program,” Carter continued. “We are very proud of their hard work and determination to reach a level of excellence that distinguishes them from their peers. We are excited to see what all these students will accomplish.”
This news supports the growing AP programs at Science Hill, as 35.4 percent of the Science Hill Class of 2022 scored a 3 on at least one AP exam during their four years of high school. That number has trended up from 24.2 percent from the class of 2018. Also, Science Hill had 193 AP Scholars during the 2021-2022 school year, which is up from 90 in the 2017-2018 school year.
In all, Science Hill had 110 AP Scholars, which means students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Science Hill also had 28 AP Scholars with Honor, which means students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Finally, they had 55 AP Scholars with Distinction, which means students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
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. Students are increasingly participating in the AP Capstone program. Over 2,200 schools participated in the AP Capstone program worldwide during the 2021-22 school year. Approximately 14,100 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma, and 9,200 earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
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. Instead of focusing on one specific academic discipline, AP Seminar and AP Research are interdisciplinary: students are empowered to create research projects based on topics of personal interest. Students are assessed on the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills needed to complete their projects.
Of the students who participated in the AP Capstone Diploma program at Science Hill:
- 32 students were awarded the AP Capstone Diploma by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on 4 additional AP Exams: Isaac D. Berry, Luke P. Berry, Sophia N. Carter, Sophia Castillo, Sophia C. Cross, Jack A. Davis, Andrew J. Denham, Taryn M. Estes, Marshall E. Garrett, Annaston E. Geaslin, Tripp G. Haynes, Arnav Jain, Anirudh Jaishankar, Genevieve Johnson, Derek N. Johnston, Myles S. King, Jana P. Kirkpatrick, Bryant A. Magness, Jonathan R. Miller, Katharine Ning, Carmen Arielle F. Palileo, Peter D. Pham, Peyton J. Pridemore, Ryleigh R. Radford, Syed J. Raza, Elias A. Simpson, Aiden E. Snodgrass, Grace R. Tebbe, Dylan G. Treece, Abbie M. Underwood, Elizabeth S. Walker and Ansley B. Wilson.
- 21 were awarded the AP Seminar and Research Certificate by earning scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. Their names are Kathryn Acres, Gheed Al Saji, Chloe M. Banner, Dylan E. Beerman, ShelC M. Black, Marelyn Damian-Castro, Madison M. Early, Isabella V. Honeycutt, Madeline G. Jenkins, Robert W. Laws, Alexis M. Mcmurtry, Meaghan A. O'Connor, Ruth Z. Owah, Justine N. Pagan, Mattie L. Reece, Rylie M. Richardson, Lesckins B. Rivas, Deja V. Story, Carter D. Strode, James C. Ward and Emily P. Williams.
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