AP Capstone Program

Updated January 2022

This Advanced Placement Program includes an innovative diploma program option called AP Capstone.  Burnaby North and Burnaby South Secondary schools were selected as two of just ten schools in Canada to initially offer this program.  Developed in response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of AP courses and exams, allowing students to engage in the rigorous development of skills critical for success in college: inquiry, research, collaboration, and writing. It includes a two-course sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research.

The AP Seminar course, taken in grade 11, will equip students with the power to explore academic and real-world issues through an interdisciplinary lens and consider multiple points of view. Through a variety of materials ─ from articles and research studies to foundational and philosophical texts ─ students will be challenged to explore complex questions, understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints, interpret and synthesize information, and develop, communicate, and defend their own points of view. Teachers have the flexibility of choosing themes based on student interests, whether they are local and/or civic issues or international topics. Samples of themes that can be covered in the AP Seminar course include education, innovation, sustainability, and technology. Students are assessed through an individual and team project completed during the year and a year-end written exam.

The subsequent AP Research course, will allow students to design, plan, and conduct a yearlong mentored investigation on a topic of their choosing. Students will build on the skills learned in the AP Seminar course by using research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information to present and defend an argument.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams and scores of 3 or higher on four AP Exams of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. Students who earn qualifying scores on the two AP Capstone exams but do not take or earn qualifying scores on four additional AP Exams will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.

AP Capstone will help students distinguish themselves during the university application process by demonstrating their commitment to challenging coursework and by allowing them to showcase their in-depth understanding, interest and passion for specific issues.

In 2021, one of our AP Research students achieved a “perfect score” according to Advanced Placement.® Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. They not only received the top score of 5, but were also one of only 375 students (amounting to just 1.56% of 2021 AP Research Exam takers) from around the world to earn every point possible on this challenging, college-level examination.

Students entering grade 11 and are interested in applying for AP Capstone for 2022-2023 are invited to submit an application to Ms. Mihic in Student Services or email by February 28, 2021.  Application forms are available from the Burnaby School District web site .  Please note AP Capstone is a district program and is open to students from all Burnaby secondary schools.

For more information about the AP Capstone program, visit www.collegeboard.org/apcapstone.