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Pre-AP Courses provide students the content, skills, and practices to be successful in Advanced Placement programs such as the AP Capstone Diploma™ Program.

What Is the AP Capstone Diploma 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.

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.

This program is not curriculum-based; rather it provides a pedagogical framework to guide students through developing, practicing, and honing their critical and creative thinking skills as they make connections between various issues and their own lives.

This program does not provide a complete curriculum.

How Does Pre-AP Set Students Up for Success in AP Capstone Courses?

These two programs share basic learning tenets and methodologies, providing a natural bridge for students to succeed in AP Capstone.

Both programs:

  • Are designed to prepare students for challenging high school and college coursework, career, and beyond.
  • Provide frameworks that take an interdisciplinary, skills-based approach to student learning with flexibility to support your local instructional requirements.
  • Have student-centered courses that emphasize key critical thinking, collaboration, and speaking and listening skills students need for college-level work.
  • Provide high-quality instruction and assessments designed to serve all students.
  • Offer professional learning opportunities for teachers.
  • Provide schools with academic distinction, as both programs are widely recognized for their skills focus and innovation.