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More Students Earn AP Capstone Diplomas

New data show that 75 students in the Long Beach Unified School District earned the prestigious Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma, and 52 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2018-19 school year.

The AP Capstone Diploma program allows students to develop critical thinking, research and presentation skills, both individually and as a team.  Students conduct academic research on topics of personal interest in two interdisciplinary classes: AP Seminar and AP Research, courses that LBUSD began offering in 2016.

“Congratulations to the AP Capstone award winners, who conduct, present and defend academic research on topics they are passionate about,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Their ability to manage long-term projects, collaborate with teams and deliver effective presentations will accelerate not only their academic careers but their professional careers as well.”

About 7,800 students worldwide earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 4,100 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2018-19 school year.

Earning the AP Capstone Diploma is challenging.  Students must earn scores of 3 (out of 5) or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research and on four additional AP exams.  To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research.

Throughout the program, AP Seminar and AP Research students explore topics across multiple disciplines and have the flexibility to choose topics of personal interest to show mastery of research and presentation skills.  Official AP Seminar and AP Research assessments also go beyond a single AP exam to include academic papers, multimedia presentations and defense of findings.