AP Capstone

AP Capstone™ is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.

AP Capstone is comprised of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. Participating schools can use the AP Capstone program to provide unique research opportunities for current AP students, or to expand access to AP by encouraging students to master the argument-based writing skills that the AP Capstone program develops.

If you are currently an AP Capstone school or are interested in an in-person or online AP Capstone Summer Institute, Goucher College provides a week-long training experience during the summer. Only schools approved by the College Board are eligible to register for AP Capstone training. Contact your principal and/or the College Board to find out how you can get involved. The link to online registration only will be made available by the College Board to approved schools.


AP Capstone Course Descriptions

AP 597 AP Seminar/AP Seminar for ELA Teachers

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. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

AP 598 AP Research

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000–5,000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.



We are delighted to offer AP Seminar, AP Seminar for ELA Teachers, and AP Research during our 2023 APSI. All courses are offered in-person and online. All times in EDT.

Week 3: July 10-14, 2023

In-person only | Mon - Thurs, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

AP 597 AP Seminar

AP 597 AP Seminar for ELA Teachers

AP 598 AP Research

Week 4: July 17-21, 2023

Online only | Mon - Thurs, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

AP 597 AP Seminar

AP 597 AP Seminar for ELA Teachers

AP 598 AP Research

*Registration for AP Capstone courses must be done through the College Board; contact the principal and/or the AP Capstone designee at your school to learn more.


AP Capstone Registration and Cancellation

Costs for AP Capstone sessions will be the same across all APSI sites, as per the College Board.

For 2023, the cost for each in-person or online AP Capstone session (AP Seminar or AP Research) will be $1,075 if participants register at least 15 days before the training (either in-person or online). If participants register within 14 days of the start of either training (in-person or online) an additional $100 will be charged as a late registration fee.

Participants who cancel fewer than 21 days prior to the in-person AP Capstone training will be assessed a cancellation fee of $100.