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Advanced Placement Seminar
AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments .
Advanced Placement Research
AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000–5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit, or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.
Peer Leadership is a HOPE-eligible elective that gives students the chance to serve your school and community.
Peer Leadership gives you the opportunity to learn about yourself as a leader and develop your own leadership skills.
In addition to developing your own leadership skills, peer leadership will give you the opportunity to apply those skills. Examples of Peer Leadership activities include creating school wide helping campaigns, welcoming new students to Seckinger, mentoring younger students at our cluster schools and leading community service projects in the community.
Students have to be a current 10th or 11th grade student to apply and in good academic standing.
Students learn about the inner workings of the Media Center and its resources. Library Science students run the library circulation desk, check out resources, shelve books, process new media center materials, and assist media staff with literacy promotions. Course curriculum standards for Library Science include research strategies, digital learning tools, classification systems, operational procedures, information access, and digital citizenship.