AP Capstone

  • Pinellas County high schools is proud to offer the Advanced Placement Capstone program at all sixteen traditional high schools.  Students with a strong work ethic and a desire to engage in challenging courses are encouraged to request the AP Seminar course as part of their upcoming course selection process. 

    The College Board’s AP Capstone is an innovative program that allows students to engage in rigorous development of skills critical for success in college, and includes a two-course sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. It is designed to be taken in sequence during the 10th & 11th or 11th & 12th grade years.  The target group of students are those who have the potential to earn a qualifying score (3 or better) on the AP exam in at least four other AP courses.  

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    AP Capstone two-course sequence:

    AP Seminar is available to students entering 10th or 11th grade.  This course equips students with the power to explore academic and real-world issues through an interdisciplinary lens and consider multiple points of view. Through a variety of materials ─ from articles and research studies to foundational and philosophical texts ─ students will be challenged to explore "complex questions, understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints, interpret and synthesize information, and develop, communicate, and defend their own points of view." Teachers have the flexibility of choosing themes based on student interests, whether they are local and/or civic issues or international topics. Samples of themes that can be covered in the AP Seminar course include education, innovation, sustainability, and technology. Students are scored on a series of three assessments that combine to determine the exam score:  a team project, followed by an individual project during the year and finally an end-of-course written exam taken during the traditional AP exam time in early May.

    AP Research is available to students who successfully complete the AP Seminar course.  AP Research allows students to design, plan, and conduct a yearlong mentored investigation on a topic of their choosing. Students will build on the skills learned in the AP Seminar course by using research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information to present and defend an argument, which combine to serve as the AP exam score.
    For more information, please contact Hannah Graziano, High School Advanced Studies Specialist.