AP Capstone

The AP Capstone Program is a non subject specific program whose goal is to equip students with independent research, collaborative teamwork and communication skills necessary for college and beyond.

VirtualSC is committed to providing opportunities for South Carolina students that will help them acquire the knowledge, skills and characteristics necessary for college and career readiness.  Advanced Placement ® courses are a great way to get started toward earning college credit while in high school.

AP Capstone™ at VirtualSC

Beginning in 2019-2020, VirtualSC  began piloting online delivery of the College Board’s Capstone Program.  The AP Capstone Program is a non subject specific program whose goal is to equip students with independent research, collaborative teamwork and communication skills necessary for college and beyond.  The Capstone program consists of two yearlong courses: AP Seminar and AP Research.  In AP Seminar, students prepare for and complete a team project and presentation, an individual research-based essay, and an AP Seminar Exam.  In AP Research, students design, plan and conduct a year-long research project, documented by a portfolio.  AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research.  Students who receive a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research are eligible to receive an AP Seminar and Research Certificate.  Students who receive a 3 or higher on both Capstone courses and 4 additional AP exams are eligible for a Capstone Diploma.  Detailed information on the AP Capstone Program can be found on the College Board’s AP Capstone Program website (opens in a new window) and the AP Capstone Student Brochure (opens in a new window)

VirtualSC piloted AP Seminar in 2019-2020.

VirtualSC AP Seminar Course Description (opens in a new window).

VirtualSC will pilot AP Research in 2020-2021. This pilot will only be available to students who completed AP Seminar with VirtualSC or have a special need to take the course online.

AP Seminar Participation Details

Due to the College Board’s requirement that 3-5 students collaborate on team projects and presentations, AP Seminar requires more support from the sponsoring school than normal VirtualSC courses.  Therefore, VirtualSC requires that schools enroll in the VirtualSC Capstone program as sponsors and agree to the necessary levels of support. Students will be enrolled in AP Seminar directly by their sponsoring school, and will not need to complete the normal VirtualSC registration process.

VirtualSC AP Capstone Sponsor Details (opens in a new window)

AP Seminar Application Process

Interested schools may complete the interest form at the link below.  Completing the interest form does not constitute an obligation to participate. VirtualSC reserves the right to reject pilot applications and limit numbers of cohorts from individual schools based on equity and capacity.

AP Seminar Interest Form (Opens in a new window)

 

Additional Information

For questions and additional information on the AP Seminar Pilot, please contact the following VirtualSC staff members:

Course and curriculum questions: Deirdre Edwards, dredward@ed.sc.gov, (803) 734-8124

Technology Requirements: Jason Rodgers, jrodgers@ed.sc.gov, (803) 734-8036