Curious about which schools are offering the new AP Capstone program?
Get a complete list here, and also find out how likely it is a school near you will add AP Capstone in the next few years.
What Is AP Capstone?
AP Capstone is an advanced diploma program – if you can complete the requirements you’ll earn the AP Capstone diploma (in addition to your regular high school diploma), which shows you completed an advanced curriculum in high school. AP Capstone is quite new. The program only debuted in 2014, so the first AP Capstone diplomas will be given out at the end of this school year.
To earn the diploma you take two required AP classes – Seminar and Research – along with four more AP classes of your choosing. You need to earn a 3 or higher on each exam to get the diploma.
Capstone differs from the “regular” AP program since that program does not require you to take specific classes or get a minimum score, you just take classes you’re interested in.
We have a complete guide to AP Capstone you can read if you want to learn more!
The Complete List
This list is broken down by state for US schools, and lists participating international schools at the end. If a state isn’t listed, that means it doesn’t have a Capstone program yet.
115 American schools have AP Capstone so far, along with 22 international schools (including 10 in Canada). Check out the complete list below to see if a school near you has AP Capstone.
- Hoover High School – Hoover, AL
- Virgil I. Grissom High School – Huntsville, AL
- BASIS Scottsdale – Scottsdale, AZ
- BASIS Tucson North – Tucson, AZ
- Arroyo Grande High School – Arroyo Grande, CA
- Chadwick School – Palos Verdes, CA
- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School – Sun Valley, CA
- Lincoln High School – San Jose, CA
- Long Beach Polytechnic High School – Long
- Los Osos High School – Rancho Cucamonga, CA
- Lowell High School – San Francisco, CA
- Mira Mesa High School – San Diego, CA
- Pioneer High School – San Jose, CA
- Rio Linda Senior High School – Rio Linda, CA
- Thousand Oaks High School – Thousand Oaks, CA
- Erie High School - Erie, Colorado
- Choate Rosemary Hall – Wallingford, CT
- Conard High School – West Hartford, CT
- Hall High School – West Hartford, CT
- Taft School – Watertown, CT
- Armwood High School – Seffner, FL
- Astronaut High School – Titusville, FL
- Barbara Goleman High School – Miami, FL
- Bayside High School – Palm Bay, FL
- Boca Ciega High School – Gulfport, FL
- Boca Raton Community High School – Boca Raton, FL
- Countryside High School – Clearwater, FL
- Michael M. Krop Senior High School – Miami, FL
- Felix Varela Senior High School – Miami, FL
- Hialeah High School – Hialeah, FL
- Hillsborough High School – Tampa, FL
- Lake Howell High School – Winter Park, FL
- Lake Nona High School – Orlando, FL
- Lyman High School – Longwood, FL
- Merritt Island High School – Merrit Island, FL
- Miami Carol City Senior High School – Miami, FL
- Miami Central Senior High School – Miami, FL
- Miami Coral Park Senior High School – Miami, FL
- Miami Jackson Senior High School – Miami, FL
- Miami Senior High School – Miami, FL
- Miami Southridge Senior High School – Miami, FL
- Miami Sunset Senior High School – Miami, FL
- North Miami Beach Senior High School – North Miami Bch, FL
- Northeast High School – St Petersburg, FL
- Palm Bay Magnet High School – Melbourne, FL
- Santaluces Community High School – Lantana, FL
- Satellite High School – Satellite Beach, FL
- South Plantation High School – Plantation, FL
- Southwest Miami High School – Miami, FL
- Spanish River Community High School – Boca Raton, FL
- Spoto High School – Riverview, FL
- Suncoast Community High School – Riviera Beach, FL
- Titusville High School – Titusville, FL
- West Boca Raton Community High School – Boca Raton, FL
- West Shore Junior-Senior High School – Melbourne, FL
- Western High School – Davie, FL
- Chestatee High School – Gainesville, GA
- Robert S. Alexander Comprehensive High School – Douglasville, GA
- Wesleyan School – Norcross, GA
- Glenbard East High School – Lombard, IL
- Glenbard West High School – Glen Ellyn, IL
- Lane Technical College Prep High School – Chicago, IL
- Carmel High School – Carmel, IN
- Fishers High School – Fishers, IN
- Hamilton Southeastern High School – Fishers, IN
- Madison Consolidated High School – Madison, IN
- Westfield High School – Westfield, IN
- Glasgow High School – Glassgow KY
- Highlands High School – Fort Thomas, KY
- McCracken County High School – Paducah, KY
- North Oldham High School – Goshen, KY
- Bowie High School – Bowie, MD
- Eleanor Roosevelt High School – Greenbelt, MD
- Concord-Carlisle Regional High School – Concord, MA
- Dartmouth High School – Dartmouth, MA
- Deerfield Academy – Deerfeild, MA
- John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science – Roxbury, MA
- Lapeer High School – Lapeer, MI
- Park Hill High School – Kansas City, MO
New Mexico Schools
- Cibola High School – Albuquerque, NM
New York Schools
- Brooklyn Technical High School – Brooklyn, NY
- George W. Hewlett High School – Hewlett, NY
- Queens High School for the Sciences at York College – Jamaica, NY
- Williamsville East High School – East Amherst, NY
North Carolina Schools
- Western Guilford High School – Greensboro, NC
- Indian Hill High School – Cincinnati, OH
- Jenks High School – Jenks, OK
- Norman High School – Norman, OK
- Norman North High School – Norman, OK
- Thomas A Edison High School – Tulsa, OK
South Carolina Schools
- Oakbrook Preparatory School – Spartanburg, SC
- Hillwood Comprehensive High School – Nashville, TN
- Hume-Fogg Academic High School – Nashville, TN
- White Station High School – Memphis, TN
- Alvin High School – Alvin, TX
- Carnegie Vanguard High School – Houston, TX
- Glenda Dawson High School – Pearland, TX
- Irving High School – Irving, TX
- Jack E. Singley Academy – Irving, TX
- MacArthur High School – Irving, TX
- Manvel High School – Manvel, TX
- Michael E. Debakey High School for Health Professions – Houston, TX
- Nimitz High School – Irving, TX
- Pearland High School – Pearland, TX
- Westside High School – Houston, TX
- Taylorsville High School – Taylorsville, UT
- Johnsbury Academy – St. Johnsbury, VT
- Osbourn Park High School – Manassas, VA
- Joel E. Ferris High School – Spokane, WA
- John R. Rogers High School – Spokane, WA
- Lewis and Clark High School – Spokane, WA
- Mary Walker High School – Springdale, WA
- North Central High School – Spokane, WA
- Shadle Park High School – Spokane, WA
West Virginia Schools
- George Washington High School – Charleston, WV
- Burnaby North Secondary School – Burnaby, British Columbia
- Burnaby South Secondary School – Burnaby, British Columbia
- Queen Elizabeth Composite High School – Edmonton, Alberta
- Saint Michaels University School – Victoria, Britsh Columbia
- Sentinel Secondary School – West Vancouver, Britsh Columbia
- Clement's School – Toronto, Ontario
- Malachy's Memorial High School – Saint John, New Brunswick
- Strathcona Composite High School – Edmonton, Alberta
- Trinity College School – Port Hope, Ontario
- York Memorial Collegiate Institute – Toronto, Ontario
- ACS Cobham International School – Cobham, United Kingdom
- American Community School of Amman – Amman, Jordan
- American School in Japan – Tokyo, Japan
- American School of Dubai – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- American School of Kuwait – Kuwait City, Kuwait
- Hisar School – Istanbul, Turkey
- Hong Kong International School – Tai Tam, Hong Kong
- Kings Academy – Madaba, Jordan
- Shanghai American School - Pudong Campus – Shanghai, China
- Shanghai American School - Puxi Campus – Huacao Town, Shanghai, China
- Singapore American School – Singapore
- Taipei American School – Taipei, Taiwan
AP Capstone school list via College Board.
Will My School Get AP Capstone?
As we mentioned earlier, AP Capstone is quite new. It was only started in 2014. Odds are that more schools will start implementing Capstone in the next few years.
One way to find out if your school is considering AP Capstone is to ask your guidance counselor. If your high school already offers a wide selection of AP classes, it wouldn’t be too hard to implement AP Capstone. It would just need to add two more classes, Research and Seminar. If your school doesn’t have AP classes or only has a few, it’s less likely to implement Capstone.
Also consider the state you’re living in. If you’re in a state like Florida, Washington, or Texas that already has a lot of Capstone schools, it’s more likely your school will catch on and add it. If you’re in a state without any Capstone schools or just one, it’s less likely your high school will get it since it would be one of the first in your area.
Should I Take AP Capstone?
It there is an AP Capstone program nearby, you may be wondering if you should take it, or even if you should travel to another school to take it. Consider the following points if you think you might want to take AP Capstone. Also keep in mind that you should only transfer schools if you're really excited specifically about the AP Seminar and AP Research classes. Otherwise you can take the advanced classes your local high school offers and still have a rigorous schedule.
First, can you commit to 6 AP classes? If you’re just taking AP classes without the Capstone diploma, you can drop out of a hard class without penalty, whereas with Capstone you have to complete six classes.
Can you commit to paying for 6 AP exams? Again, when just taking AP classes you can decide your exam budget each year. With Capstone you’ll be paying for at least 6 exams during high school. At $91 each, that isn’t cheap. (Of course that can pay off down the line if you pass the courses and earn college credit, but you should be aware of the costs upfront.)
Do AP Seminar and AP Research look interesting to you, or would you prefer the flexibility of choosing all of your AP classes? If you're not really interested in taking on your own research project, you may just want to stick to regular AP classes. (You can read more about Seminar and Research over at our AP Capstone guide.)
Also, on a related note, who is teaching Seminar and/or Research at your school? Are they good teachers? The Seminar and Research teachers could either make or break AP Capstone program. If you have great teachers who help you get a lot out of the topics discussed in AP Seminar and your own research project in AP Research, you'll have a great experience. If the teachers aren't very good, you probably won't get much out of the classes.
To sum up, AP Capstone could be a great opportunity, especially since you pick up academic research and writing skills before college, plus it could push you to take more AP classes. However, if Capstone is more than you could take on, you could burn out and not even earn the diploma. Think carefully before deciding to commit to it!
If you do take AP Capstone, you’re going to have to take at least four AP classes in addition to AP Seminar and AP Research. Read about the hardest and easiest AP classes to help you decide on your schedule.
While colleges don’t require AP or IB classes, many require SAT subject tests. Get a complete list of schools that require subject tests and try to match up your SAT Subject Tests with your AP classes.
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Halle Edwards graduated from Stanford University with honors. In high school, she earned 99th percentile ACT scores as well as 99th percentile scores on SAT subject tests. She also took nine AP classes, earning a perfect score of 5 on seven AP tests. As a graduate of a large public high school who tackled the college admission process largely on her own, she is passionate about helping high school students from different backgrounds get the knowledge they need to be successful in the college admissions process.