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In fall 2014, we launched the AP Capstone Diploma program in response to feedback from our higher education members, who saw a need for a systematic way for high school students to begin mastering research, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills before college.

AP Capstone is based on two new yearlong AP courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. Unlike other AP courses, which focus on subject-specific knowledge, these courses use a multidisciplinary format in which students complete and present academic research on a topic of their choice. Participating students can earn the AP Capstone Diploma or the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

To be part of the AP Capstone Diploma program, your school has to apply and be approved.

Learn more about the AP Capstone Diploma program.