AP Capstone

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Course Descriptions

AP Seminar

Grade: 10-12 Credit:1.0 Elective credit Length: Year

Prerequisite: None, however future interest in AP courses is encouraged

Course Description: In this course students will develop and strengthen their analytic and inquiry skills, exploring deeply topics and issues chosen by the students and/or teacher. Students will learn to consider an issue from multiple perspectives, evaluate the strength of an argument, and make logical fact-based decisions. Students read articles, research studies, and foundational and philosophical texts; listen to and view speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experience artistic and literary works to gain a rich appreciation and understanding of issues. During the course, students will complete a team project, an individual paper and presentation, and take a written end-of-course exam.

AP Research

Grade: 11-12 Credit:1.0 Elective credit Length: Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of AP Seminar

Course Description: The second course of the AP Capstone experience allows students to design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest. Through this inquiry and investigation, students demonstrate the ability to apply scholarly understanding to real-world problems and issues. Students further the skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information to build, present, and defend an argument.