Laurel Springs School Selected to Offer AP Capstone Diploma Program Certification


The Academy at Laurel Springs, our program for select driven and gifted students in grades 6–12, is one of a select few virtual schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone Diploma™ Program. This innovative program encourages students to develop the necessary skills for college and career success, including critical thinking, research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two yearlong courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research. 

Students who score a three or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing earn the AP Capstone Diploma, signifying outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students scoring a three or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research (and not on four additional AP Exams) may earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™. 

Typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, students in AP Seminar select and evaluate real-world topics from multiple perspectives, then identify credibility and bias in sources and develop arguments in support of a recommendation. 

In the subsequent AP Research course, students design and execute a college-level research project on a topic of personal interest taking away firsthand experience in research-based writing, executing an appropriate method, analyzing data, presenting results, and defending their findings.

Project-based AP Capstone™ courses require delivery of written arguments, team collaboration, and professional multimedia presentations as part of their AP Exams.

Enrollment is underway for AP Seminar courses starting in September 2022. AP Research courses will be available during the 2023 academic year. 

Read the press announcement on the PR Newswire here.