AP Capstone Diploma Program
AP Capstone is the Diploma Program offered by college board. The Capstone Diploma shows that you have completed some necessary requirements in high school to earn an adavnced diploma. This program was launched by college board in fall 2014. Students interested in AP Capstone requires to take a certain number of AP classes and meet certain requirements to earn the AP Capstone Advanced Diploma. You have to take skills-based and subject-based AP classes to earn the Capstone diploma. The AP Capstone includes two foundation courses – AP Seminar and AP Research – to enhance four subject-specific AP courses (in any subject) for a total of six AP courses.
According to College Board “[AP Capstone] cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.”
The AP Seminar and AP Research classes are the main distinctive features of AP Capstone. These courses give students additional skills to use in other AP classes and college, but aren’t based in specific subjects (e.g. math, language arts, science, or social studies).
- They aim to help students do the following:
- Analyze topics through different lenses for greater meaning or understanding
- Plan and conduct a study/investigation
- Propose solutions to real world problems
- Collaborate to solve a problem
- Plan and produce communication
- Integrate, synthesize and make cross-cultural connections
Eligibility AP Capstone Diploma
The students studying in AP Approved Schools can take AP Seminar in 10th or 11th grade, followed by AP Research in the 11th or 12th grade. However, students can’t take both courses in the same grade.In addition to AP Seminar and AP Research, students require to take four AP classes in high school. This means a student need to take one AP course each year (freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior) or take all in last two years of high school. The students who receive a 3 point or higher in all these exams get AP Capstone Diploma qualification.
List of High Schools Participating in AP Capstone Diploma
Students studying in high school can participate in AP Capstone Diploma program. Your school must be an AP member. The College Board has AP Member Schools worldwide incuding all US States. See here List of high schools participating in AP Capstone Diploma program
Colleges That Endorse AP Capstone
Colleges worldwide recognizes AP Capstone Diploma. All the member colleges have signed a legal agreement of support and have developed credit and placement policies Here is List of Colleges That Endorse AP Capstone
Apply for AP Capstone Diploma
To apply for AP Capstone Speak to your High School Teachers / Counselor. If your school is an AP member you can participate in this program and earn a Capstone Diploma. For more details about this program and how your school can take part check College Board Website For AP Capstone Diploma