AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program from the College Board that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two AP Course, AP Seminar and AP Research, and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline specific study experienced in other AP courses. In AP Seminar, students investigate real world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence based arguments. AP Seminar will be offered during the 2018-19 school year. AP Research will be offered during the 2019-2020 school year.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who earn a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams will receive the the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
GRADES 10-11 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
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 and viewing speeches, broadcasts and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students 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 a 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. The course will require a significant commitment from the student.
Prerequisite: Principal Approval
GRADES 11-12 (ELECTIVE) – 1 credit
AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing informations. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000 to 5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit, or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.
Prerequisite: AP Seminar