The AP Capstone diploma program, built on the foundation of AP Seminar and AP Research, is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth study experiences of other AP courses.
The AP Capstone diploma program through College Board equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. Built on the foundation of two courses - AP Seminar and AP Research - it is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experiences of other AP courses.
Throughout the year our students deeply explored an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea that was of interest to them. The topics studied included colorism, water quality, speech rhetoric, mental health in teens, and US-China relations. They designed, planned, and implemented a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they furthered the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. All of this culminated in an academic paper and a presentation with an oral defense.
According to their teacher, Mr. Harold Kennedy, "We could not have asked for a better group of students to pilot this program for us at LuHi." Depending on their AP scores in other AP classes, students can earn the AP Capstone Diploma™ or the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.