Advanced Placement Courses
St. Ursula Academy offers the prestigious AP Capstone Program as part of its 20 AP courses and 18 honors-level courses currently in our curriculum.
The two courses in the Capstone program are AP Seminar and AP Research.
"This is a phenomenal opportunity for us to complement the strong programs we already offer our current AP students and others. The focus of topics chosen by the students fits with one of our core values—care of the individual—and we are pleased that the College Board was impressed enough with our involvement with the AP program to invite us to be part of this prestigious program."
Mary Werner ’74, President
In this class, students focus on inquiry and research skills that colleges have indicated are necessary for advanced academic success. Using articles, research studies, interviews, and literary and philosophical texts, students propose solutions to real-life problems. They use cross-curricular connections and teamwork to complete individual and group projects. Additionally, students will present and defend their research to their instructor and their peers.
The follow-up AP Research course is offered to those students who have completed the AP Seminar course. Students design, plan, and conduct a year-long mentored investigation on a topic of their choosing. They use the skills developed in AP Seminar, including understanding and analyzing arguments, evaluating multiple perspectives, and synthesizing ideas. Ultimately, they present their research to a panel of faculty and community members.
Students who earn a 3 or higher on both Capstone AP exams receive an AP Capstone Certificate. Students who score a 3 or higher on both Capstone AP Exams and score 3 or higher on four other AP exams receive a Capstone Diploma.
"The Capstone courses allow our students to gain a set of skills that enable them to perform well in their current courses and serve them well in college."
Maryanne Hodge, AP Program Director