AP Capstone

AP Capstone

What Is AP Capstone?

AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from College Board based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Donovan is the only school in Athens-Clarke County that offers AP Capstone™. For more information, please visit College Board’s website. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-capstone

AP Seminar

50.02117 | 10th-1th grade | full-year | 1 credit

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Students learn to investigate a problem or issue, analyze arguments, compare different perspectives, synthesize information from multiple sources, and work alone and in a group to communicate their ideas.

AP Research

50.02117 | 11th-12th grade | full-year | 1 credit

AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000–5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit, or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.

*AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research.