NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford High School took the lion’s share of Advanced Placement Capstone Certificates awarded in Massachusetts by the College Board for 2018, officials said.
The next nearest number of AP Certificates awarded to a Massachusetts high school was nine certificates.
College Board awards 18 Advanced Placement Capstone Certificates to NBHS students, representing 38 percent of all certificates issued in Massachusetts, according to a news release.
To earn the AP certificates, NBHS students had to complete a two-year course, AP Seminar in the first year and AP Research in the second year. AP Research “culminates in an academic paper of 4,000 to 5,000 words and a presentation, with an oral defense … from a panel of evaluators,” according to the College Board.
“We are so proud of our AP Capstone Certificate awardees,” said Headmaster Bernadette Coelho, who brought the AP Capstone Program to NBHS, in a statement. “Because these students have passed and earned qualifying scores in AP Seminar and AP Research, they have earned this noteworthy certificate. Those who elect to take four additional AP courses and receive qualifying scores will earn the coveted AP Capstone Diploma, which is highly sought by college recruiters. Students may also earn college credit and tuition savings.”
She noted that “New Bedford High School currently offers 20 AP courses, more than any other high school in the region.”
Superintendent Thomas Anderson lauded students and staff, too. “NBHS has been in the AP Capstone program for two short years, and it now leads the state in certificates awarded – a testament to our outstanding students and our highly knowledgeable and effective teachers,” he said.
“This impressive achievement of our students garnering nearly 40 percent of all Capstone Certificates in Massachusetts continues to demonstrate the opportunities that only New Bedford High School offers," said Mayor Jon Mitchell, chair of the School Committee, in a statement. "The accomplishment of students and staff further sets New Bedford High apart as a school where all students can reach their fullest potential, exceptionally prepared for success in college and the workforce after graduation.”