AP Capstone Research

1 Year
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Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address an original research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of approximately 4,000-5,000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a 20-minute presentation with an oral defense. 

AP Capstone Diploma or Certificate

The AP Capstone Program is a culminating two-year credential program where students develop and apply their skills and knowledge to real-world phenomenons that they are personally interested in researching. This College Board program emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving, research, investigation, analysis, argumentative writing, and presentation skills. Seminar and research courses utilize an interdisciplinary approach to learning that better prepares students for higher education. 

Diploma: Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing receive the Capstone Diploma. 

Certificate: Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both of the AP Capstone courses but not on four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.