Welcome to AP Capstone Seminar
What is AP Seminar?
AP Seminar is the first course in the College Board's new AP Capstone diploma program. AP Capstone is comprised of two consecutive courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research, and both courses focus on precision inquiry and presentation skills needed for both undergraduate and graduate college level research. AP Seminar focuses on evaluating established academic research and conversations, and AP Research allows students to actually contribute to academic conversations by producing their own unique research, similar to a master's or doctoral level thesis.
Both courses offer students the opportunity to do research on any topic of their choosing, from literature to agriculture, and from government to art, the autonomy of the class is like no other available on campus.
These courses offer students the skills that top universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Standford, and in-state institutions like University of Florida and Florida State want to see in their elite academic students.
The AP Capstone diploma is similar to IB or AICE diplomas, however more students across the globe are currently enrolled in the AP Capstone Diploma program than in any IB or AICE program. To earn the AP Capstone diploma, students must earn a score of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and 4 other AP courses. Even without the additional 4 AP courses, students can still earn the distinction of an AP Capstone and Research Certificate. Both awards are highly valued by colleges on resumes and transcripts and will set students apart in the college interview and acceptance process.
Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 may be recommended for the AP Seminar course. Students must take AP Seminar before they can take AP Research. Students who have taken AP Seminar, regardless of their exam scores, and who are entering grades 11 or 12 may then take AP Research. Please see Mrs. Bender or your guidance councelor to enroll in the program.