Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma

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AP Capstone Diploma

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School is honored to be offering the prestigious Advanced Placement®(AP®) Capstone Diploma from the College Board based on two yearlong AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Both courses prepare students for college and career success through the development of critical thinking, academic research, collaboration, presentation, and time management skills.

The AP Capstone program provides student-centered learning while incorporating performance-based assessments. Throughout the program, AP Seminar and AP Research students study a variety of topics across multiple disciplines and have the flexibility to choose topics of personal interest to show mastery of critical thinking, research, and presentation skills. Official AP Seminar and AP Research assessments also go beyond a single AP Exam to include academic papers, multimedia presentations, and defense of findings.


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Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School currently offers 18 different Advanced Placement classes, which provide students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school. A 3 or higher on an AP Exam has multiple benefits for students, including earning college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams, saving them time and money.

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To obtain the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in:

  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research and 
  • Four additional AP Exams.

To obtain the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in:

  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research

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