Lakeside High School

AP Capstone Information

AP Capstone™ is an innovative diploma program that helps students stand out in the college admission process by developing the critical skills needed to succeed in college and in life.


Two courses — AP® Seminar and AP Research — allow students to immerse themselves in topics that matter to them while developing the analytic, research, problem-solving, and communication skills that colleges seek in their applicants. This challenging program helps students deepen their passion for learning, gives greater confidence in academic skills, and provides a broader perspective on the world.

AP Capstone Program Introduction.mp4

An Introduction to the AP Capstone Program at Lakeside High School

The video covers the AP Capstone Diploma, AP Seminar and Research Certificate, and the AP Seminar (taken during 11th Grade) and AP Research (taken during 12th Grade) courses.

AP Seminar and Research Certificate:

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both of the AP Capstone courses but not on the four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate TM, signifying successful performance in those courses.


AP Capstone Diploma:

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both of the AP Capstone courses and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma TM.

Two AP Capstone program options to meet your needs!

Examples of Previous AP Research Students' Topics

What our AP Capstone Diploma Graduates are Saying:

“This class has been very beneficial to me and has allowed me to develop several new skills that will definitely help me in future endeavors. I learned how to work with a group and communicate with others. I have also learned to be honest with my peers in order to give the most beneficial feedback possible. I have learned how to read sources and understand if they are scholarly or not. Overall, I have gained skills that I will indeed be using in college and even after.”

-Mariangel, 2021 AP Capstone Diploma Graduate


"This class is very insightful and looks very good for college applications, especially if one manages to obtain the AP Capstone diploma. This diploma holds more meaning and shows colleges that you are prepared for college level research and also challenges yourself in school. The skills that come out of this will be very beneficial for college research, college studying because of how to establish what kind of information is credible, and also public speaking in general."

-Chase, 2021 AP Capstone Diploma Graduate