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We are excited and proud to announce that Columbine High School has been chosen, as one of a select group nationally, to offer the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma Program. Columbine will be the first AP Capstone Diploma School in Jefferson County and one of fewer than 25 schools to offer the program statewide, beginning during the 2018/19 school year for students in grades 9 through 11 and then open to all students for the 2019/20 school year.  This program is built on the foundation of our existing AP courses while adding two new AP courses -- AP Seminar and AP Research -- and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses. Through earning an AP Capstone Diploma, students will be able to earn college course credit, college admission distinction, and valuable college and workforce readiness skills.   AP Capstone is an innovative program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. The major universities in Colorado, and hundreds of prestigious universities, like Harvard and Yale, have confirmed their support for AP Capstone by signing a statement of support endorsing its rigorous interdisciplinary approach, and/or by granting credit for a qualifying score in AP Seminar, AP Research, or both.  Students at Columbine that complete the AP Capstone program could have their freshman year of college completed before they graduate from high school! 


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