/ 10 December 2020

SENIOR HIGH School students of the Enderun Colleges can take college-level classes while they are on Grade 11-12 through the Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma Program.

Enderun Colleges is one of the 1,800 schools worldwide to offer the two-year diploma program.

The program, launched in 1956 in the United States, has immensely grown over the years with more than 2.8 million AP exam takers in 2019.

In the Philippines, Enderun SHS is one of two schools that can offer students to graduate with an AP Capstone diploma.

The AP Capstone diploma is for students who wish to earn advanced college credits and gain advantage over other high school graduates especially during college application abroad.

The AP Capstone at Enderun SHS pivots to an internationally aligned yet contextual focus from the usual highly localized learning. Students are trained to develop their interdisciplinary skills in ways that are integral to the jobs of the future.

According to the AP College Board, a globally recognized American institution, AP Capstone focuses on developing the students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presentation.

Students are also able to enhance their critical thinking while considering multiple perspectives in a number of disciplines.

Acquiring an AP Capstone diploma gives students the comprehensive value and recognition with policies that accept graduates in over 100 US higher academic institutions.

Upon completion of the program, students can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, AP Capstone Diploma or AP Seminar and Research Certificate, which are highly accepted and greatly-favored by colleges and universities around the world.

Both AP Seminar and AP Research interdisciplinary classes end in an AP Exam which is graded on a scale from 0 to 5. To earn credit, students must score at least a 3 (70 percent) on the standardized exam.

According to the AP College Board, students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research including the four additional AP Exams receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

The faculty are also internationally trained and well-equipped with competent knowledge and practice aligned with the workshop held by AP to qualify teaching.

“Now more than ever, it is integral that students be equipped with not just content knowledge, but also the interdisciplinary skills that can successfully propel them into their tertiary studies and beyond. Given the speed and magnitude of advancement that the world currently enjoys, teachers and school administrators are no longer in a position where we can predict  the jobs of the future. Therefore, it is our responsibility to set our students up for success in as many fields as possible. The AP Capstone Diploma program is a promising opportunity for students to experience both academic freedom and rigor, as students are given ownership over aspects of their learning.” Ms. Cherry May Tan, Enderun Colleges Senior High School principal, said.