What Is 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.

In addition to these two required courses, students will complete a minimum of four (4) additional Advanced Placement courses and receive a score of 3 or higher on their exams to complete the Capstone Diploma at Dobson HS.

Dobson Diploma Designations

AP Capstone Diploma Requirements

How does AP Capstone Work?
Benefits to Students:
  • Fosters the research, argumentation, and communication skills that are at the core of college readiness and essential for lifelong learning
  • Provides a setting to build on the knowledge and rigorous course work of AP in an interdisciplinary format
  • Offers students a unique opportunity to distinguish themselves to colleges and universities

Dobson is honored to have been selected as an AP Capstone School and is proud to be one of the few high schools in Arizona to offer this rigorous academic curriculum to our students! 

AP Capstone Student Information
Supporting Universities & Colleges
AP Seminar
AP Research