Wheatley Announces 20 AP Capstone Diploma Students!

The AP Capstone Diploma Program is a program designed to provide students with an opportunity to connect the content taught in subject-specific Advanced Placement courses with the skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary research.

The program is anchored on two courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Each course is one year long, and students begin taking them in 10th or 11th grade. The College Board describes the courses as follows:

AP Seminar is a year-long course that has students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn to synthesize information from different sources, develop their own lines of reasoning in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question.

Students who successfully pass these two courses and also pass four additional AP examinations earn the AP Capstone Diploma designation. This distinction is recognized on the Common Application Counselor forms and is recognized by colleges across the country.

Wheatley began the AP Capstone at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. As such, 2017-18 school year was the first year in which Wheatley students could have earned the Capstone Diploma. At the end of two years, 20 students earned AP Capstone Diploma status, with ten of these students earning this designation by the end of their junior year! Wheatley’s first class of Capstone Diploma students is as follows (members of the Class of 2019 are designated with an asterisk).

  • Karan Amin*
  • Adeel Anwar
  • Samuel Avila
  • Antony Deluxe*
  • Lauren Druz*
  • Sana Haroon
  • Farah Hasan*
  • Tiffany Jiao*
  • Charlotte Kaminsky
  • Abhishek Kumar
  • Mary Ma
  • Alexandra Ostad
  • Alexander Pannullo*
  • Mahesh Pitchayan*
  • Vedant Singh*
  • Saman Suleman
  • Caleb Varghese*
  • Ally Wang
  • Kenton Wu*
  • Anne Yan

Additionally, Brooke Schwartz* earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. This is given to students who have passed the two Capstone courses but not yet passed the four required AP examinations. (Brooke is certain to earn the Capstone Diploma this year!)

Congratulations to all of the students who have challenged themselves in this comprehensive program. Thank you as well to all of the AP teachers who have supported the students throughout the years. Finally, thank you to our Science Director, Alexis Pace, and our Social Studies Teacher, Andrew Ardito, for their leadership roles implementing the program!

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