Benefits of the AP Capstone Diploma Program

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Participating in AP Capstone Can Help Students:

  • Stand out to colleges in the application process.
  • Develop key academic skills they’ll use in other classes, college, and beyond.
  • Become self-confident, independent thinkers and problem solvers.
  • Earn college credit: Many colleges offer credit for qualifying scores.

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Offering the AP Capstone Program Gives School Leaders and Teachers:

  • Academic distinction, as the program is widely recognized for its skills focus and innovation.
  • Flexible student-centered curricula with room for creativity and student input.
  • Access to a weeklong, collaborative training event.

Benefits for School Leaders:

  • AP Seminar is an introductory AP class for grades 10 and 11, and serves as a prerequisite for AP Research, which is typically offered in grades 11 or 12. Both courses are designed as yearlong courses.
  • These courses can be assigned to a variety of academic departments, allowing flexibility for school leaders to maximize student access.
  • AP Seminar is increasingly placed in English/language arts departments as a 10th-grade course. Learn why AP Seminar is an excellent option to enhance 10th-grade English.
  • AP Research is typically placed in English/language arts, science, or social science departments for 11th- or 12th-grade enrollments.

Higher Education’s Support for AP Capstone:

  • AP Capstone is a powerful indicator of college readiness on a student’s transcript and helps students stand out to colleges in the application process.
  • Research has found that students who take AP Capstone courses are more likely to persist in college and earn higher first-year college GPAs.

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