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What’s the AP Capstone Diploma Program?

AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two yearlong 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 can earn the AP Capstone Diploma™ or the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.

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™


AP Capstone Diploma

  • Participating students can distinguish themselves to colleges and universities
  • It’s a rigorous, widely recognized diploma program
  • Demonstrates student research and writing abilities through a 5,000-word scholarly research paper
  • RCSA is one of the elite schools selected by the College Board to offer this AP Capstone Diploma opportunity

The Benefits of AP Capstone

Participating in AP Capstone can help students:

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

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.

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