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Model Program

AP Capstone - 100 high schools nationwide

AP Capstone was developed in response to feedback from higher education.  The two AP Capstone courses, AP Seminar (Year One) and AP Research (Year Two), with their associated performance tasks assessments, and application of research methodology, complement the rigor of AP courses and exams by challenging students to:
Think critically and creatively 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

Postsecondary Partners:

Statements of Support from College and Universities including Duke University, Standford University, and University of California, Berkeley.

High School Partners:

100 high schools nationwide are currently piloting it; we are maintaining a list of potential schools for Fall 2015.

Student Eligibility:

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of a new, two-year high school course sequence - AP Seminar and AP Research - and is designed to complement and enhance in-depth discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. 

Faculty Credentialing and/or Teacher Licensure Requirements which support this program:

AP Capstone has collaborated with colleges and universities to define its content and standards. AP Capstone teachers participate in professional development training offered through summer institutes and college courses. It utilizes frameworks and learning objectives uniquely aligned with core AP skills and practices, and other skills-based learning objectives as identified by:

  • •  Advanced Placement Program, Skills and Practices
  • •  The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), College Learning for the New Global Century, Essential Learning Outcomes
  • •  The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), A Framework for 21st Century Learning
  • •  Common Core State Standards Initiative, Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6-12
  • •  Council of Writing Program Administrators, Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing 

Type of Program:

•  Developmental/College Readiness 

Grade Level(s) Served:

11th, 12th

For more information, visit the AP Capstone website.

Program Components:

•  Postsecondary credits can be earned through this program
•  Classes taught by high school teachers
•  Instruction takes place in the high school

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