AP Capstone

Introducing AP Capstone

Developed in response to feedback from Higher Education, AP Capstone launched ins 2014 in 139 schools world wide. Mariner High School is joining the list in 2015.

AP Capstone is an innovative program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills valued by colleges. The Program is based on two new AP courses:

AP Seminar and AP Research


The AP Capstone program empowers students to:

  • synthesize infomation from multiple perspectives

  • apply skills in new situations and cross-curricular contexts

  • collect and analyze information with accuracy and percision

  • craft, communicate and defend evidence-based arguments

  • practice disciplined and scholarly research skills while exploring revelant topics that appeal to their interests and cusiosity.

AP Capstone Program Structure

A flexible two-course sequence that engages student in rigorour college-level curricula while promoting the cirtical skills needed for success in college and beyond.


Buidling Skills Identified by Leading Educational Organizations

The Big Ideas and Learning Objectives in the AP Capstone program refelct the core academic skills needed for college, career, and life readiness identified by leading organizations and the College Board:

  • The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • College Board - Advanced Placement Program
  • Common Core State Standards Initiative
  • The Partnership for 21st Centruty Skills
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators

Entrance Requirements (Proposed)

  1. Enrollment and success in two or more AP courses.
  2. Minimum of 2 projected sucessful coursese ont he AP Potential Report, generated from the PSAT.
  3. Two recommendations from AP teachers. Priority is given to thie prerequisite.
  4. Student Expectations and Agreements form sigend by both student and parent/guardian.
  5. Demonstrated excellence in responsible behavior and attendance.
  6. Students should have established writing and critical thinking skills, be self-motivated, and able to work in a collaborative environment.
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