CSN Scholar Program
The Scholars Program at CSN provides students who are particularly focused and engaged in a certain area to explore these interests in depth through guided coursework, extracurricular opportunities, and rigorous, independent research. The application process begins in the fall of sophomore year, with program selections determined the following spring. Students who successfully complete all requirements in a Scholars Program will graduate with distinction. Students may only pursue one concentration.
One of the key components for each concentration is the AP Capstone Program, which involves two specific AP courses. Both are required, with AP Seminar completed during the junior year, and AP Research during the senior year. The one exception may be in the Creative Scholars program, depending on a student’s concentration.
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. 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.
AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students 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 approximately 4000–5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense. Prerequisite: AP Seminar.