The AP Capstone Program
The Grant College Prep and Digital Arts Magnet is one of a few high schools in Los Angeles that offers students the opportunity to participate in the AP Capstone Program. This two-year program is open to highly-motivated juniors and seniors, and consists of two core classes: AP Seminar, taken in 11th grade, and AP Research, taken in 12th grade. Participating in AP Capstone allows students to explore topics that interest them, gain valuable college and career skills, and distinguish themselves in the college admissions process.
Students who earn a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research will receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. If students earn a 3 or higher on four additional AP courses of their choosing, they will also receive the AP Capstone Diploma.
11th Grade AP Seminar
What does it mean to be human in the 21st century? Students in AP Seminar will explore this question by looking at a wide range of perspectives on human life. Specific topics change from year to year, but may include investigating one or more of the following: consciousness, language, art, and the differences between humans, animals, and machines.
12th Grade AP Research
Students in AP Research will design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research project based on their interest. Each student will be paired with an expert advisor—either a teacher in the relevant discipline or a professional in the related industry—and will present and defend their findings in a 5,000-word academic paper.
Note: Students must complete AP Seminar before they are eligible for taking AP Research.