NHS CAP (Cambridge + AP) Program

  • The CAP Program at Newark High School consists of a four-year educational plan for our highly able students that combines our Cambridge Program with Advanced Placement opportunities within the AP Capstone Diploma Program through College Board. 
    Our highly successful Cambridge Program had been in existence at Newark High School for 16 years.  The Cambridge curriculum is used primarily in the 9th and 10th grade and prepares students for the demands of a rigorous curriculum, student collaboration, and problem solving.  The Cambridge Program develops student leaders who are confident, reflective, innovative, and intellectually and socially engaged.  We have enhanced our current Cambridge Program with the addition of the AP Capstone Diploma Program, used primarily with our upperclassmen.  This program focuses on college-level research, collaboration, and presentation skills crucial for college and career success. Additionally, adding the AP Capstone Diploma to Newark High School will allow our students to stay competitive with other students in the state of Delaware applying to colleges. Over 1800 schools world-wide have begun to implement the AP Capstone Diploma program, with many schools in New Castle County also participating. 
    The Cambridge curriculum offers international, pre-university course work that emphasizes the value of broad study for academically able students. The curriculum is administered through the University of Cambridge, a world-renowned university in Cambridge, England.  Newark High School is the first and only high school in the state to offer Cambridge curriculum. 

    The AP Capstone Diploma consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. Students who score a three or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing earn the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who score a three or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research (but not on four additional AP Exams) earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

    In AP Seminar students choose and evaluate complex topics through multiple lenses; identify credibility and bias in sources; and develop arguments in support of a recommendation. AP Seminar is a project-based learning course. In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, execute, present, and defend a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest. They build on skills developed in AP Seminar by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to contribute to academic research. Like AP Seminar, AP Research is a project-based course. 

    Newark High School is always looking to improve and enhance opportunities for our students. Creating the CAP program is just one example of what makes Newark High School such a great choice for preparing students for success in college and career.

    Acceptance into the program is based on student performance in middle school, standardized test scores, and other indicators of academic excellence.  Students are required to complete an application process that includes an essay, information about their academic achievements and extracurricular activities, and a placement test in English, math, and writing.
    If you do not reside in the NHS feeder pattern, a CHOICE application must be completed and submitted to the Christina School District Education Options Office. in order to be considered for the CAP Program.   Please visit the District website for more information regarding school CHOICE or to determine your assigned school based on your feeder pattern.
    Please see the link below for our comprehensive 4 year Educational Plan for students in Newark's CAP Program.

    Questions regarding Newark's CAP Program can be sent to: