shutterstock 284719835In short, AP Capstone prepares students for the rigorous experience of college academics. Students who choose to enroll in the AP Capstone program will begin with the AP Seminar as tenth or eleventh graders. In this course, they will work collaboratively, think critically, and develop arguments to solve two real-world issues. After completing the AP Seminar, Capstone students will enroll in AP Research, a class that requires a more in-depth investigation of an area of individual interest. At the end of the year, students will present and defend a 5,000-word research paper, which also will serve as the core of their AP score. The AP Capstone Diploma is awarded to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and at least four other traditional AP exams for which they have also completed the coursework.

shutterstock 497727625It’s an exciting time, but also a scary one…Your little, or not so little, one is checking out colleges. That’s exciting, but then you think…How am I going to pay for it?

529 plans are extremely effective for paying college expenses, however, BE AWARE there can be some pitfalls specifically with distributions and Financial Aid.

IMG 0261The PIQ  team recently visited the University of South Carolina-Beaufort's brand new campus on Hilton Head Island, and we were blown away by the innovation and scale of the programs our regional university has to offer. The state-of-the-art campus is a collaboration between the town of Hilton Head and the USCB hospitality management program. 

The Hilton Head Island campus houses the hospitality management degree program and is designed to be a working event and conference center. It features high-tech classrooms, a beverage lab and a demonstration kitchen. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in hospitality management take clases here. Dr. Charles Calvert is dean of the Hilton Head Island campus.

shutterstock 1525420685There is an increased risk of having an accident if you’re a teen, often due to a lack of driving experience or being distracted by a mobile phone. Nevertheless, a breakdown as a result of an accident (or just because the vehicle is less reliable) can cause problems when stuck on the side of the road for an extended period of time. 

Here are a few ways on how teens can prepare for a potential breakdown ahead of time. 

shutterstock 457510924Along with a small bit of cool in the air, Halloween is rapidly approaching in the Lowcountry. Many parents are getting their children ready with trips to the store for a costume and plans for trick-or-treating. But what do you do when your child decides (s)he is too old to go door to door? Don’t fear the transition. Halloween with teens isn’t boring, it’s different. Like many experiences that change as children get older, Halloween night can be just as fun as when they were little