The courses within the Interdisciplinary Studies program allow students to learn and study across traditional disciplines and departments. These unique learning opportunities allow students to tailor their learning to suit their interests and passions while being guided and challenged by their teachers.
Grades 11-12 Full Year 1 credit Prerequisite: Teacher approval
AP Seminar is a skills-based, cross-curricular course that has students engage with 21st-century skills. The course’s focus on investigating real-world topics from multiple perspectives allows students to explore their own interests and passions while developing tools for research and communication. Using an inquiry framework, students will practice reading and analyzing articles, studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students will learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. This course encourages independent and collaborative work, with multiple opportunities for feedback and growth. Students will become experts on a topic and must demonstrate their expertise through various mediums. For the AP, all students will successfully complete a team project and presentation, an individual research-based essay and presentation, and the end-of-course AP exam.
Grade 12 Full Year 1 credit Prerequisite: AP Seminar and teacher approval
AP Research allows students to pursue their own individual interests while learning about, planning, conducting, presenting, and defending a course-long study or investigation of a topic of their choice. The course builds off of the research and presentation tools and skills cultivated in AP Seminar. The course allows students to consider and evaluate multiple points of view to develop their own perspectives on a complex issue or topic through inquiry, investigation, and discipline-specific research methods. The students will become an expert on a topic and will present their work through various mediums. Students will develop the skills to work independently, plan long-term and manage their time appropriately, seek out mentorship, and build confidence in drawing their own conclusions. Per the College Board, “Students [in AP Research] explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000–5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.