AP Capstone Program
AP Capstone was developed in response to feedback from higher education professionals. The two AP Capstone courses — AP Seminar
and AP Research
— along with their associated performance tasks, assessments, and application of research methodology, complement the rigor of AP courses and exams by equipping students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. Throughout the courses, students will successfully do the following:
- analyze topics through multiple lenses to construct meaning or gain understanding
- plan and conduct a study or investigation
- propose solutions to real-world problems
- plan and produce communication in various forms
- collaborate to solve a problem
- integrate, synthesize, and make cross-curricular connections
Students typically take AP Seminar in grade 10 or 11, followed by AP Research. 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 signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Alternatively, students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™ signifying their attainment of college-level academic and research skills.
Students wishing to participate in the AP Capstone Program must pay the College Board’s fee for the course and materials. The College Board charges $141 for the course fees and the examination. All students enrolling in the course must pay the $141prior to August 1st to be scheduled into the course and must commit to taking the entire course, including the exam. No refunds can be given for courses that are failed or not completed or exams that are not taken.
It is highly recommended that students take AP English Language and Composition either before or concurrently with AP Seminar, as much of the material has common characteristics at varying levels of intensity.