What’s the AP Capstone Diploma Program?
AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two year long AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research.
Rather than teaching subject-specific content, these courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, which are valued by colleges across the United States and around the world.
Students can earn the AP Capstone Diploma or the AP Seminar Research Certificate.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing receive the AP Capstone Diploma™.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.
Participating in AP Capstone can help students:
• Stand out to colleges in the application process.
• Develop key academic skills they’ll use in college and beyond.
• Become self-confident, independent thinkers and problem solvers.
• Earn college credit: Many colleges offer credit for qualifying scores.
Students typically take AP Seminar in grade 10 or 11, followed by AP Research. Each course is yearlong, and AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research.
In both courses, students investigate a variety of topics in multiple disciplines. Students may choose to explore topics related to other AP courses they’re taking.
Both courses guide students through completing a research project, writing an academic paper, and making a presentation on their project.
Over the course of the two-year program, students are required to:
• 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.
Calculus AB & BC…Rebecca Minton
Computer Science…Kristin Scott
English Literature…Debbie Smith
Environmental Science…Dutch Vigar
Music Theory…Sarah Tubbesing
Physics I & II…Tim Ferree
US History…Eric Burres
World History…Thad Atkins
For more information on the AP Capstone Program contact:
Stacy Sillings firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-542-8506
AP Credit Policy Search
For the most up-to-date AP credit information, check the institution’s website.