Program Overview

AP Capstone, developed by CollegeBoard, is a two-year seminar and research course designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

Course Descriptions

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  • AP Research

    The second year of this program allows students to put the skills acquired in year one into practice in a Capstone Research Project. This independent study, executed under the mentorship of a teacher, culminates in a 5,000 word (roughly 20 pages) paper whereby the student defends and articulates his or her position on his or her chosen subject (in lieu of a seated AP exam). Ultimately, this two-year process reveals a student’s ability to collect, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize knowledge and information, and then communicate his or her findings.
  • AP Seminar

    The first year features Interdisciplinary Investigations and Critical Reasoning Seminar in which a specific topic or issue of cultural relevance is presented to students. With this topic as the centerpiece of class discourse, students learn to employ critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, differentiation, and interpretation; students will engage in collaborative teamwork and project-based learning. (Students are required to take an AP exam upon conclusion of this year one course).

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