• Welcome to AP Capstone Seminar



    Course Description

    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.


    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.


    2020-2021 Learning Platforms:

    Due to the nature of the current COVID-19 pandemic, all classwork and assignments for this course will be posted and submitted on Google Classroom. We will also be utilizing programs including (but not limited to) AP Classroom, Zoom, TurnItIn, Remind 101 app, Microsoft Teams, and potentially others as the year progresses. 


    **It is highly suggested that you bring your own device (laptop or tablet) to class daily.** 

    Classroom chromebooks will be scarce, and I will not be delivering paper/printed materials (unless specifically requested by the student/parent) due to the nature of COVID-19 living on surfaces for several days and the inability to properly disinfect paper.  However, please be aware that students are soley responsible for their devices, and any damanges will not be covered by the school or teacher.


    The Google Classroom Join Code is available here: 

    • Period 5 AP Seminar (on campus): xicj5wq


    Second Interruption Online Directions:

    In the case of a second "interruption" where school campus is closed, all students will immediately shift to MCPS Online instruction, and our class will continue the very next school day synchronously via Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. That means your class will continue during the same exact times as your normal class periods.  Therefore, you will be required to use either Microsoft Teams or other daily check in methods for both attendance and learning purposes during your assigned class period times.



    Disclaimer: Marion County Public Schools may record online classroom sessions utilizing third-party platforms (Zoom, Teams, Google Classroom, etc.). These recordings will only be used for educational purposes and may be shared on other learning platforms. If you do not want your child's image or identifying information recorded, utilize your device/platform controls to stop the camera feed from your device.

  • Student Schedule Info: 


    Student schedules will be finalized by Saturday morning in Skyward.  First period locators will be available on the PAC doors Saturday and Sunday for anyone who does not have access to Skyward. There WILL NOT be first period locators on Monday morning, but there will be staff members with first period lists walking the courtyard if needed.  This is to help avoid crowding and to maintain social distancing.  Remember, you must wear a mask and your school ID at all times when on campus. 



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  • AP Capstone Students - Important Update for 2020-2021

    Please be aware that due to scheduling issues, AP Seminar and AP Research will only be available as an in-person class on the West Port campus this school year. In addition, both courses will run during the same class period (5th). This compromise was made to ensure that both classes were not cut from the curriculum altogether, so we will make it work. 


    If you are a senior that has chosen MCPS online, you will have the option to only come to campus for your Capstone class, but it is subject to approval, so contact me via email ASAP. Again, this is only available for seniors; everyone else will have to choose the best course of action for their individual needs. 


    If anyone has questions, contact me via email at leah.bender@marion.k12.fl.us and I will reply as soon as posisble.  

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Last Modified on August 21, 2020