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Students who take both AP Seminar and AP Research and earn a 3 or higher on both AP exams will receive a Capstone Certificate. In addition, if a student earns a Capstone Certificate and earns a 3 or higher on 4 additional AP exams, she will receive a Capstone Diploma.

AP Seminar

This is a foundational course, as part of the College Board’s AP Capstone program that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore academic and real-world issues and topics by analyzing differing perspectives.  This inquiry based course incorporates the reading and analysis of articles, research studies, and philosophical texts with listening and viewing of broadcasts, speeches, personal accounts and artistic performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.  The AP grade consists of two course-performance assessments, one team project and presentation and one individual research-based essay and presentation, and a 2 hour exam illustrating the skills learned throughout the year. (1 Unit)


AP Research

AP Research is an interdisciplinary course that encourages students to demonstrate critical thinking and academic research skills on a topic of the student’s choosing.  This course builds on what was learned in AP Seminar to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students will design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research.  (1 Unit)

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