The College Board’s AP Capstone is an innovative and engaging college-level program for high school students that complements and enhances discipline-specific AP courses.
The program is built on two new courses that focus on research and academic rigor: AP Seminar and AP Research. In these courses, students learn and apply critical skills necessary for future success (research, writing, and collaboration). The program develops passionate, curious, and independent thinkers with skills that are valued and sought after by colleges and universities. Learn more about the College Board's AP Capstone program at AP Capstone Overview.
This first course provides opportunities for students to learn to think critically and creatively, research, explore, pose solutions, develop arguments, collaborate, and communicate using various media. Students explore real-world issues as they focus on themes that allow for deep exploration based on personal interest, local and civic issues, and global or international topics. Topics covered will be the role of government, the impact of immigration, changes in societal norms, technological advancements, and the environment. AP Seminar Course Overview
(Prerequisite: AP Seminar)
This second course in the Capstone experience allows students to design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest. Through this inquiry and investigation, students demonstrate the ability to apply scholarly understanding to real-world problems and issues. The course culminates in an academic thesis paper along with a presentation and oral defense of the research and presentation. AP Research Course Overview
AP Capstone Diploma
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both of the AP Capstone courses and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma.
AP Seminar and Research Certificate
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both of the AP Capstone courses but not on the four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, signifying successful performance in those courses.
Learn more about How AP Capstone Works at the College Board.