AP Capstone is a College Board diploma program based on two year
long AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. While other AP
courses teach specific subject knowledge, AP Seminar and AP
Research use an interdisciplinary approach to develop critical
thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and
Students typically take AP Seminar in grade 10 or 11, followed by
AP Research. Each course is year-long, and AP Seminar is a
prerequisite for AP Research. In both courses, students
investigate a variety of topics in multiple disciplines and have
the opportunity to choose topics to explore.
Both courses guide students through completing a research
project, writing an academic paper, and making a presentation on
Over the course of the two-year program, students are required
Analyze topics through multiple lenses to construct meaning,
Plan and conduct a study or investigation.
Propose solutions to real-world problems.
Plan and produce communication in various forms.
Collaborate to solve a problem.
Integrate, synthesize, and make cross-curricular connections.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP
Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing
receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who earn scores of 3 or
higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional
AP Exams receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.
Most colleges in California that grant credit for these courses
are either CSUs or Community Colleges. Use the credit policy
search tool on the College Board website to find colleges and
universities that offer credit and/or placement for a qualifying
score in AP Seminar, AP Research, or both:
SFHS encourages its students to reach out – to explore new
horizons, to get involved in global concerns and to help shape
ideas and technologies of the future. The following courses count
towards student’s Elective graduation requirements.
The Social Studies Department of St. Francis High School believes
that an understanding of the human condition in the past and
throughout the world today is the best preparation for concerned,
responsible, and active citizenship in a society of rapid change
and high technology. Through the examination of other cultures,
historical time periods, the changing role of government, and
economic development, students understand the importance of past
events in relation to future decisions.
We believe that strong Christian values will help our students
evaluate issues on the local, national and international levels.
We urge students to foster a critical sense of what is permanent
and meaningful, and reject superficial and transient values,
through participating in the political process, government forums
and volunteer service within their community. We promote
sympathy, justice, and peace in all human relations so that our
students will act from a basis of love and conviction to make our
world a better place to live.