GCISD to Offer AP Capstone Program Starting Fall 2017

Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine High Schools have been selected to participate in College Board’s AP CapstoneTM Program beginning fall 2017. Approximately 1,000 schools worldwide implement AP Capstone - an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration and communication.

“Integrating AP Capstone into GCISD AP programming provides students with opportunities to explore passion areas, connect with experts in the field, and learn about authentic application of content area interests while engaging in processes and skills integral to 21st century success,” said Becky Manning GCISD Director of Advanced Academics.ap capstone
GCISD students in eleventh or twelfth-grade will be able to start the AP Seminar course in the fall of 2017. Through a variety of materials, students will answer complex questions, understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints, interpret and synthesize information, and construct,communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments. Students will be evaluated at the conclusion of the course based off of a team project and presentation, individual project and presentation and an end-of course written exam.

After successful completion of the AP Seminar Course, students will take an AP Research course to design, plan and conduct a year-long research-based investigation on a topic of the student’s interest.


GCISD students who complete the seminar and research courses will earn their AP Capstone Certificate. Additionally, students who earn a score of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on any four additional AP courses will earn their AP Capstone Diploma. Such accomplishments signify a student’s outstanding academic achievements and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.


AP Capstone courses will align with the GCISD LEAD 2021 key components of personalized learning, implementation of learning platform instruction, relevant and resourceful student resource access, college and career readiness, and enhanced responsibility of citizenship.  Students involved in AP Capstone courses will also engage in the Portrait of a GCISD Graduate. They will be using skills including problem solving, collaboration, communication, self-regulated learning, and explore means of becoming a global citizen.