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Granite Hills High School to implement AP Capstone Program

posted Apr 11, 2016, 2:39 PM by Kristin Hernandez

Apple Valley, Calif.- This fall, Granite Hills High School will implement the AP Capstone Program. Currently, only 27 California schools offer this prestigious college-preparatory program.


Lance Arnt, teacher at Granite Hills High School, said that the program will equip students with advanced writing and research skills prior to entering a university. “The diploma program will open more doors for students to attend elite American universities, which are becoming more and more selective,” Arnt said. “Because Capstone will attract more students, we expect our AP and college preparatory program to grow, which will provide more opportunities for all of our students.”


The program consists of two courses, AP Seminar and AP Research, which are designed to foster academic skills that are essential for success in college. According to The College Board, the program “cultivates curious, independent and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.” Students who receive a score of three or higher on both course exams receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, which displays college-level academic and research skills and sets students apart when applying to college. Students who also receive a score of three or higher on four additional AP exams of their choice receive an AP Capstone Diploma. The AP Capstone Program was developed in response to feedback from higher education institutions and focuses on college readiness and lifelong learning.


Granite Hills High School will offer AP Seminar beginning in the 2016-2017 school year and will add AP Research in 2017-2018. Approximately 20 students are already enrolled to begin the program next fall.


For more information about Granite Hills High School and its programs, contact 760-961-2290.