What is the AP Capstone Program?
The Capstone project is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.
AP Learner Profile
AP Capstone was developed in response to feedback from higher education. The two AP Capstone courses, with their associated performance tasks, assessments, and application of research methodology, require students to:
Throughout the AP Capstone program, students consider and evaluate multiple points of view through inquiry and investigation to develop their own perspectives on complex issues. The program provides a process framework that allows them to develop, practice, and hone their analytic and creative thinking skills. This process is recursive, not linear — students may move back and forth between stages as they encounter new information.
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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