MHSA is proud to have a student population passionate about dedicating themselves to their art. In addition to immersive study of their major, many of our students desire to excel academically. The AP Capstone program enriches current AP offerings, provides an experience that challenges high achieving students, and rewards them for their hard work.
What is AP Capstone?
AP Seminar is the first year of an innovative diploma program called AP Capstone that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges and designed to complement and enhance in-depth, discipline specific study in other AP courses. In AP Seminar, students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence-based arguments. In AP Research, qualified students from year one cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research and inquiry in order to produce and defend their scholarly work.
Capstone is organized around 5 big ideas:
1. Question and Explore
2. Understand and Analyze Arguments
3. Evaluate Multiple Perspectives
4. Synthesize Ideas
5. Team, Transform, and Transmit
Students typically take AP Seminar in grade 10 or 11, followed by AP Research. 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™.
Hundreds of colleges around the world accept the AP Capstone Diploma for up to 18 college credits. The schools listed below are only a sample of those colleges.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
St. Olaf College
Fashion Institute of Technology
New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Madison
SOAS, University of London
AP Course Offerings @ MHSA
“AP Capstone will allow our students to engage in authentic research opportunities that will prepare them for the rigors of college and the workforce. Our students are uniquely prepared for this curricula as dynamic and creative artists.”
Mr. Farris, MHSA Principal