District honors graduates from new AP course that requires original research, collaboration

Mike DeNardo
July 31, 2018 - 1:42 pm
The School District of Philadelphia recognized the first nine graduates of  Northeast High School's two-year AP Capstone program.

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio


NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District of Philadelphia is honoring the first graduates of a particularly rigorous program that's being offered at Northeast High School.

The district recognized the first nine graduates of the school's two-year AP Capstone program. The program was created three years ago by the College Board — the organization that administers the SATs and offers other Advanced Placement courses.  

Maria Barnett, Northeast High's AP coordinator, said there was a need for a program like Capstone.

"Colleges were saying they wanted students to enter college with increased research skills and writing skills and better critical thinking skills," she added.

In the first Capstone year, called AP Seminar, students learn to collaborate and solve problems. The second year, AP Research, involves students doing their own novel original research.  

Northeast grad Silvani Amin set out to learn why only 60 percent of eligible women in Philadelphia got mammograms.

"Education level affected their decision the most," she explained of her research. "So this project really could help in creating interventions and informing women on how to receive mammograms and why they are so important."

Silvani is will be attending the University of Pennsylvania on a full scholarship.

Only 15 schools in Pennsylvania offer the latter AP Research course.