Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement Program is an academic high school program which consists of courses developed by Advanced Placement.  Advanced Placement courses offer students an opportunity to study university-level courses; demonstrate their mastery of course material by taking an exam and, in some cases, gain a university credit.  AP courses provide students with the opportunity to explore a subject in greater depth, make connections with larger concepts, develop analytical reasoning skills and form disciplined study habits.  Students may take individual AP courses, or take a combination of required AP courses to achieve the AP Capstone.

The AP Capstone Program

AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two, year long AP courses:

AP Seminar and AP Research.

Rather than teaching subject-specific content, these courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, which are valued by colleges across the United States and around the world.

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 AP Capstone Diploma™.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.


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