What is AP Capstone?

AP Capstone is one of the newest AP courses the College Board has developed to help students gain crucial research skills which set them apart as strong college (or even job) candidates.

From the College Board’s description of the AP Capstone program:

AP Capstone™ is a diploma program based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. These courses are designed to complement other AP courses that the AP Capstone student may take.

Instead of teaching specific subject knowledge, AP Seminar and AP Research use an interdisciplinary approach to develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills students need for college-level work.

The College Board developed the AP Capstone Diploma program at the request of higher education professionals, who saw a need for a systematic way for high school students to begin mastering these skills before college. 

In other words, students who participate in the program set themselves apart from their peers by building skills that colleges find desirable. The proof is found in attaining the a certificate from the college board for completion of AP Capstone, or the AP Diploma if a student passes at least 4 other AP exams (3 or above) before their graduation date in addition to their completion of AP Capstone.

This is a very exclusive opportunity – fewer than 10% of high schools in California are even allowed to offer this course. Take advantage of it today!

Note: AP Seminar must be completed before AP Research may be taken. For maximum results, we recommend committing to an academic track at Legend College Preparatory to ensure completion of the AP Diploma program and earning distinction on your transcript at this school.