AP Capstone


In 2017, the Marian Scholars Program was broadened by incorporating College Board's AP Capstone™, an innovative diploma program that allows high school students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. Only 60 other high schools in New Jersey and over 1,500 worldwide offer AP Capstone™. 

The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP® Research. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone™ complements the in-depth, subject-study of other Advanced Placement® courses and exams. What is particularly exciting about the AP Capstone™ Program is that it provides the framework for high-end critical thinking, teamwork, writing, public speaking, and cross-curricular exploration.

In AP Seminar®, using Catholic Social Teaching as the foundation, the teachers will facilitate and empower the students to conduct college level research through different lenses. Students explore contemporary topics connected to human dignity issues such as immigration, the environment, and diversity, in order to learn how to discern the validity and reliability of sources. The second year course, AP Research®, empowers students to deeply explore an academic topic of individual interest by designing, planning, and implementing a yearlong investigation to address their research question.