• AP Capstone 

    Randolph High School was one of the first high schools in the country to enter into this agreement withheld college board and offer the AP Capstone program to our students.  AP Capstone 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.

    AP Capstone is a two-year commitment that all of our student   find worth the investment.Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

    AP Seminar is a year-long course that has students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn to synthesize information from different sources, develop their own lines of reasoning in research-based essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.

    * Format of Assessment:

    * Team Project and Presentation (20% of AP score)

    * Individual Research Report (IR)

    * Team Multimedia Presentation (TMP)

    * Oral defense

    * Individual Research-based Essay and Presentation (35% of AP score)

    * Individual Written Argument (IWA)

    * Individual Multimedia Presentation (IMP)

    * Oral defense

    * Two-hour End-of-Course exam (45% of AP score)

    * Understanding and analyzing an argument (3 short answer questions); suggested time of 30 minutes

    * Synthesizing information to develop an evidence-based argument (evidence-based argument essay); suggested time of 90 minutes.

    AP Seminar is available to sophomores with a 3.0 unweighted GPA and AP Research is available only to Juniors who have completed AP Seminar. Students who take AP Capstone are academically motivated and are always seeking to improve their reading, writing, and research skills. These students submit high quality work at deadlines, exemplify the highest degree of academic and personal integrity, and exert a concerted effort to schedule trips and appointments outside of the school day.

    AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question.

    In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000-5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.

    * Format of Assessment:

    * Individual Academic Paper consisting of 4000-5000 words (75% of AP score)

    * Individual Presentation and Oral Defense (15-20 minutes in length) (25% of AP score)

    For more information about the AP Capstone Program, visit the college board website at  AP Capstone - College Board