Los Angeles, CA— American University Preparatory School (AUP) is one of approximately 1,800 schools worldwide in the process of implementing the AP Capstone™ Diploma program―an innovative program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success, such as research, collaboration, and communication. This particular program will be administered through AUP’s unique and creative Explore Academy Program.
Students who score a three (3) or higher in AP Seminar and complete the requirements for AP Research and score a three (3) or higher on four (4) additional AP Exams of their choosing earn the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma™. This accomplishment signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who score a three (3) or higher in AP Seminar and complete the requirements in AP Research earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™. AUP will begin offering AP Seminar in the fall of 2020.
In AP Seminar course, students choose and evaluate complex topics in the DTLA area through multiple lenses, identify credibility and bias in sources, and develop arguments in support of a recommendation. AP Seminar is a project-based learning course. Official AP Seminar assessments include research reports, written arguments, and presentations completed during the academic year. Students complete the course by taking an end-of-course written exam in May.
In AP Research course, students design, execute, present, and defend a yearlong research-based investigation within AUP’s DTLA Impact Project Program. They build on skills developed in AP Seminar by learning how to understand research methodology, employ ethical research practices, and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to contribute to academic research. Each student’s official AP Research score is based on their academic paper, presentation, and oral defense. There’s no end-of-course exam for AP Research.
We believe the AP Capstone Diploma program and the AP Seminar and Research Certificate program offers our students a rigorous and relevant academic program within one of the world’s most dynamic city centers.