SAHS AP Capstone

Welcome to the website for information on South Anchorage High School's AP Capstone program.

The AP Capstone Program is a two-year seminar and research course that explores real-world issues while focusing on developing critical analysis, communication and investigative skills.

AP Capstone, developed by CollegeBoard, is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

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AP Seminar (10th or 11th grade)

The junior year features an Interdisciplinary Investigations and Critical Reasoning Seminar in which a specific topic or issue of cultural relevance is presented to students. With this topic as the centerpiece of class discourse, students learn to employ critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, differentiation, and interpretation—to name a few—and engage in collaborative teamwork and project-based learning. (Students are required to take an AP exam upon conclusion of this course).

AP Research (11th or 12th grade)

The senior year of this program allows students to put the skills acquired in their junior year to practice in a Capstone Research Project. This independent study, executed under the mentorship of a teacher, culminates in a 5,000 word (roughly 20 pages) paper whereby the student defends and articulates his/her position on his/her chosen subject.

Ultimately, this two-year process reveals a student’s ability to collect, evaluate, analyze and synthesize knowledge and information, and then communicate his/her findings.