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3 Caddo schools to offer new AP Capstone courses this year

Published: Jul. 25, 2017 at 2:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2017 at 5:50 PM CDT
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CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Students at Captain Shreve, C.E Byrd and Caddo Parish Magnet high schools will have new advanced placement coursework offerings this academic year.

Amy Douglas, who will be teaching the AP Capstone classes at Captain Shreve High in Shreveport, just got back from a week of training.

This is not your typical high school class, she observed.

"This is a skills-based class. So it's not biology content, history content or English content. ... We are teaching the students skills, and they will be evaluated and assessed on those skills at the end."

Douglas said her students will learn critical thinking skills, reading attacks, posing a problem and coming up with a solution, looking at the same problem from a different perspective then coming up with a counterargument from the different perspective.

Captain Shreve High student Keegan Coon said he is excited the AP Capstone program is coming to his school.

He thinks it is important to challenge himself and is looking forward to learn how to analyze things from a different point of view.

"I think that is a very important skill in today's world with all the controversy going around everywhere," Coon said. "So I think the different points of views are going to be very interesting, and the research is going to be very helpful."

The AP Capstone program is broken up into two parts: An AP Seminar course and an AP Research course.

The students will learn and practice their critical thinking skills in the seminar class.

The second part of the program is the research class.

Douglas said in the research class students will do an individual research project and a collaborative team work project.

"For them to do research and collaboration, for them to come together and culminate in a final project, this experience is going to pay huge dividends for them," Captain Shreve High principal Ginger Gustavson said.

Keegan said one of the reasons he is taking the course is because it is going to make him stand out for when he applies for college.

If students take advantage of all the AP coursework offered, Gustavson said, they could graduate high school as a sophomore in college.

To graduate with an AP Capstone diploma, a student must successfully complete the seminar and research courses as well as four other advanced placement courses with a score of 3 or higher on their final exams.

Only five high schools will offer AP Capstone coursework this fall in Louisiana and three of them are in Caddo Parish.

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