AP Capstone Program

This year marked the third year of our AP Capstone program. The program was developed with input from the faculty and admissions staff from more than 50 colleges and universities, including Stanford, Columbia, Duke and UC Berkeley. Philip Ballinger, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Washington, said, “At the University of Washington, we are very interested in enrolling students who have distinguished themselves through the AP Capstone program. Students who successfully participate in the AP Capstone program learn how to read and assess sources critically, distill and synthesize conclusions based on evidence, and effectively communicate their conclusions to others. This developed skill of critical reading, thinking, and communicating is precisely what leads to high achievement and outcomes in college.” 

The AP Capstone program involves a two-course sequence: AP Seminar followed by AP Research. Students who complete the AP Seminar and Research courses and earn scores of 3 or higher on the subsequent exams, as well as on at least 4 other AP exams, earn the AP Capstone Diploma. Students successfully completing only the AP Seminar and AP Research courses and exams earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. This year, 17 students earned the AP Capstone Diploma; seven earned the AP Capstone Seminar and Research Certificate. Out of 27 eligible students, 25 passed the AP Research exam and received recognition, a 93% pass rate. The national average rate of passing the AP Research exam is 74%. St. Johnsbury Academy is currently the only school in northern New England to offer this program.


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