• THE NEOC PASSION PROJECT

    Our mission is to develop students who believe the world can be a better place and that they can be the ones to make it happen. To this end - students will complete a senior capstone project, which we call the Passion Project. This is actually a two year process, and will culminate with a student's defense of their ideas. Our students Passion Projects need to meet one of three criteria: change the community you live in, change someone's life, or change the world. The process of completing the Passion Project begins in Year 3, with AP Seminar, and continues in Year 4 with AP Research - both of which are part of the AP Capstone program.

    PASSION PROJECT VS AP CAPSTONE

    The Passion Project is the body of work in which students focus on while in their 12th grade AP Research class.  With that being said, students who also pass the exams in both AP Seminar and AP Research - and pass 4 additional AP exams are eligible for the AP Capstone Diploma designation. This Capstone Diploma is increasingly recognized in admissions by higher education institutions around the world. Many colleges and universities offer credit and/or placement for a qualifiying score in AP Seminar, AP Research, or both. Click the icon below to read more about the benefit of the Capstone Diploma from a post-secondary perspective. 

    Higher Education Endorsement 

    For detailed information about the program, please download the AP Capstone Student Brochure from the College Board of watch this video on AP Capstone: A Student Perspective.  

    AP Seminar (11th Grade)

    In this course, students will learn to consider an issue from multiple perspectives, identify credible sources, evaluate strengths and weaknesses of arguments, and make logical, evidence-based recommendations. Students will investigate a variety of topics through various viewpoints of their choosing.

    During the course, students complete a team project (Performance Task 1) and an individual paper and presentation (Performance Task 2), as well as take a written end-of-course exam. These components contribute to the overall AP Seminar score. The details of this exam can be read in more detail (including sample free-response questions, scoring guidelines, etc.) by visiting the AP Seminar Exam page.

    You can review the details of this course by viewing the AP Seminar Course and Exam Description. This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the assessment and the AP Program in general.

    Important Dates/Deadlines for AP Seminar

    November 1 - Performance Task 1 Begins

    January 10 - Performance Task 1 Due & Presentations Begin

    January 31 - Performance Task 2 Due

    April 1 - Performance Task 2 Due & Presentations Begin

    April 1-20 - Presentations During Class, Flex, & Research 

    May 2 - Last Day To Submit Performance Tasks For AP Grading

    AP Research (12th Grade)

    In AP Research, students explore various research methods and complete an independent research project. The student's project can build on a topic, problem, or issue you covered in AP Seminar.

    At the end of the project, students submit their academic paper and present and defend their research findings. These components contribute to the overall AP Research score. There is no end-of-course exam. 

    These components contribute to the overall AP Seminar score. The details of this exam can be read in more detail (including sample free-response questions, scoring guidelines, etc.) by visiting the AP Research Exam page.

    You can review the details of this course by viewing the AP Research Course and Exam Description. This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the assessment and the AP Program in general.

    Research Proposals for AP Research

    When: November 8-19

    What: The Research Proposal is a time when students will present their topic of research to a committee of three (one member of leadership, one teacher, and Dr. Ellrod) for approval to continue and/or revise their work for the remainder of the school year.

    Things Students Need To Do For Research Proposals

    1. Complete this Inquiry Form.
    2. Find a teacher to serve on their Research Proposal Comittee. 
    3. With that teacher, sign up for your Research Proposal time slot by clicking the icon below. It's important this step is done with the teacher the student has chosen to serve on their committee to ensure there are no time conflicts with the teacher's schedule.  Once a time has been selected, we will not be able to accommodate any cancellations and/or rescheduling.

    Research Proposal Sign-Up

    Other Resources Students May Need

    Drafting & Defense for AP Research

    When: April/May, 2022 (Exact Dates TBD)

    What: The Research Proposal is a time when students will present their topic of research to a committee of three (one member of leadership, one teacher, and Dr. Ellrod) for approval to continue and/or revise their work for the remainder of the school year.

    Things Students Need To Do For Research Proposals

    1. Complete this Inquiry Form.
    2. Find a teacher to serve on their Research Proposal Comittee. 
    3. With that teacher, sign up for your Research Proposal time slot by clicking the icon below. It's important this step is done with the teacher the student has chosen to serve on their committee to ensure there are no time conflicts with the teacher's schedule.  Once a time has been selected, we will not be able to accommodate any cancellations and/or rescheduling.

    Research Proposal Sign-Up

    Other Resources Students May Need