AP Capstone

St. Clement’s School was the first girls’ independent school in Canada to offer the innovative Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma.

On the strength of its existing AP program, St. Clement’s School was awarded the honour of offering the AP Capstone Program. AP Capstone is a ground-breaking diploma program which promises to enhance learning and further prepare students for the transition to university-level academics.


What is AP Capstone?

AP Capstone is built on the foundation of a two-year high school course sequence, and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth discipline-specific study provided through AP courses, beginning in Grade 11. AP Capstone cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars, preparing them to make logical and evidence-based analyses and arguments.

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What does AP Capstone offer students?

The AP Capstone Program allows students to engage in rigorous university-level study of the critical skills necessary for success in post-secondary school. The Program includes a two-course sequence:

  • AP Seminar – typically taken in Grade 11, students learn how to investigate real-world topics from multiple perspectives; carefully analyze information, write evidence-based arguments and effectively communicate those arguments; and work both independently and with a team to research a topic, develop a report and deliver a presentation.
  • AP Research – typically taken in Grade 12, students learn how to design, plan and conduct a year-long mentored, research-based investigation. They will apply research methods and practices to address a real-world topic selected by the student; write a university-level research paper; and present and orally defend the findings and research methodology.
  • Students who score 3 or higher on the AP Seminar exam and in the AP Research course - and on four additional AP exams of their choosing - receive the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of university-level academic and research skills.