Additional Diploma Designations
The College Board’s AP Capstone™ is an innovative college-level program based on two new courses — AP® Seminar and AP Research — that complement and enhance discipline-specific AP courses. The program immerses high school students in the challenging practice of the critical skills students need today. The ability to think independently, write effectively, research, collaborate, and learn across disciplines is essential for success in college and beyond. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This option allows students taking multiple AP courses to distinguish themselves to colleges and universities. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™. (Available at Dobson and Red Mountain High Schools)
Students who complete a two or three year CTE Program of Study will earn a program completer certificate and be recognized at an end-of-year ceremony. Select programs may offer industry validated certificates in the areas of Automotive Technologies (Automotive Service Excellence), Welding (American Welding Society), Computer Maintenance (A+ Certification), Computer Technology (Microsoft Office Certifications), and Advanced Manufacturing (National Institute for Measurement Standards). (Available at all MPS high schools)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme provides students with challenging and rigorous coursework leading to the IB Diploma. Students may be granted advanced placement status and/or college credit based on completion of IB Diploma requirements.
The IB Middle Years Programme (grades 9-10) prepares students for a successful transition into the IB Diploma Programme (grades 11-12). Students participating in the IB Diploma Programme at Westwood must be seeking the IB Diploma and are required to take an IB course to be eligible to take an IB exam. IB students must take courses from each of the following groups: English, World Languages, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics and an elective. IB students will also experience a Theory of Knowledge (philosophy) course, participate in school-wide service groups and with the help of a personal adviser, complete a college-level research paper. If you would like more information regarding this internationally recognized program, visit the IB website at www.mpsaz.org/westwood/academics/ib. (Available at Westwood High School)
The Advanced STEM Diploma Designation is an innovative model blending rigorous honors and Advanced Placement (AP) curricula with STEM fields of study in Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, and Engineering. To qualify for this designation, students must successfully complete six (6) or more Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and earn a score of three (3) or better on those 6 AP or IB exams. Additionally, students must successfully complete a minimum of two (2) years in a single STEM Pathway — Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology or Engineering. Students enrolled in this course of study have the opportunity to earn college credits through advanced placement exams or dual enrollment, and those who complete all requirements for this designation will earn a seal on their high school diploma. (Available at Red Mountain High School and Westwood High School)
MPS students planning to apply to universities with competitive admission requirements may pursue the MPS Advanced Honor for Excellence in Academics seal. (Available at all MPS high schools)
Students will be eligible for the Honor for Excellence in Service Learning upon completion of approved service learning throughout their four years of high school. 150 hours is required through the graduating class of 2018-2019. Beginning with the graduating class of 2019-2020, 200 hours will be required. Students may earn hours from a combination of curriculum based service learning and extracurricular service sponsored by school clubs or community organizations. (Available at all MPS high schools)