ISPS was invited to be a candidate school, to offer the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma. A pilot program for this was introduced in the 2018-2019 academic year. The first ISPS Students with the AP capstone Diploma graduated with the Class of 2020.
AP Capstone is an innovative program developed by the College Board that gives students an opportunity to apply critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving, and research skills in a cross-curricular context.
AP Capstone is built on the foundation of a new, two-year high school course sequence — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions.
AP Capstone was developed in response to feedback from higher education. The two AP Capstone courses, with their associated performance tasks, assessments, and application of research methodology, complement the rigor of AP courses and exams by challenging students to:
- Think critically and creatively to construct meaning or gain understanding
- 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
The AP Capstone program begins with the AP seminar course. Students may enroll in this class grade 11.
The AP Capstone Diploma or AP Capstone Certificate
Students successfully completing the AP Seminar, AP Research, and four or more AP classes and exams will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students successfully completing the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams will receive the AP Capstone Certificate.
Students who register for AP courses must sit for the external exams in May. The registration fees and costs of the exams are the responsibility of the family.
College Board programs are recognized globally: AP University recognition link