AP Seminar at Milton

Karen Liu, Staff Writer

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For the 2018-2019 school year, Milton has made some significant changes to its course selection, dropping some classes from its inventory while also introducing some new courses never before offered at the school. One of these new additions is AP Seminar, a relatively new class that was launched by College Board in the fall of 2014. Although the course is among the newest of the Advanced Placement (AP) courses established by College Board, the class, along with its counterpart AP Research, is now being offered at over 1,000 schools, with over 100 colleges and universities supporting the AP Capstone program.

AP Seminar is the first of two classes that make up the AP Capstone Program. AP Seminar is unique in that students are not strictly learning subject content (such as math or science) as they would traditionally be accustomed to in a typical classroom setting. Rather, the class teaches students critical thinking, research, presentation, and other skills in order to prepare students for university work and beyond. For example, in looking at its “real-life” application, one of the course’s central themes lies in its emphasis in the analysis of multiple perspectives when examining an argument. This analysis helps students to develop well-rounded perspectives when responding to real-world, controversial issues.

Upon completing AP Seminar, students will then be able to take AP Research, a course that focuses more heavily on research skills, but also lends its students more freedom in deciding their own topics of study. Students who earn a 3 or higher in both courses along with passing scores on four additional AP exams in different areas will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who score a 3 or higher in only AP Seminar and AP Research will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

According to the College Board website, skills learned in AP Seminar can help prepare students in 46 college majors and 98 careers, emphasizing the versatility and useful application of the skills learned in the AP Seminar curriculum.