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AP Advanced Placement and AP Capstone

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What is the AP?

"AP gives students the chance to tackle college-level work while they're still in high school and earn college credit and placement." - College Board, creators of the Advanced Placement Program

Origin of the AP

College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT, the Advanced Placement Program, and BigFuture. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. 

What part of the AP Program is offered at ISB?  

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At ISB, we offer the AP Capstone Diploma and a comprehensive selection of individual AP courses. Depending on the student's aspirations and abilities, AP courses can be taken from Grade 10 onwards. The AP Capstone Diploma encompasses two mandatory courses (AP Seminar and AP Research) plus four other AP courses. Please check the full requirements and courses available in the High School Program of Studies.

Why take the AP Capstone Diploma and/or AP courses at ISB?

The Advanced Placement (AP) program at ISB allows students to pursue college level courses and exams while still in high school. Students can pursue AP courses from Grade 10 onwards, though most students will take AP courses in Grade 11-12. Each AP course at ISB is a yearlong course. The AP exam in May is required for the AP designation to be placed on the student transcript.

The AP CapstoneTM program provides a rigorous academic experience, fostering skills such as research, collaboration and communication. It prepares students for the challenges of higher education and beyond. Students pursuing the AP Capstone Diploma are required to take AP Seminar and AP Research, in addition to 4 other AP courses. Students must earn a score of 3 or higher on all designated AP courses, to obtain the AP Capstone Diploma.

AP Capstone is not a course. It’s a two-year program based on two AP courses—AP Seminar and AP Research. Other AP courses teach you, in depth, about a specific subject, like biology or U.S. history. AP Seminar and AP Research are different. They focus on helping you develop academic skills you can use in any discipline. 

These skills include:

Critical thinking: View issues from multiple perspectives and create arguments based on evidence

Collaboration: Work alone, in a group, and with expert advisers to communicate your ideas

Conducting research: Explore various research methods and complete research projects on topics of your own choosing

Public speaking: Present and defend your work as a group and individually. 


ISB Program of Studies  

Pathways to Higher Education and Employment

Participating in AP Capstone can help you:

  • Develop key skills you’ll use in college and in your career
  • Become a self-confident, independent thinker and problem solver
  • Study topics you’re passionate about, in depth
  • Earn academic awards recognized by colleges worldwide
  • Stand out in the college admission process
  • Earn college credit


More information can be found on the AP website here