Advanced Placement

Pictures of kids meeting in AP Capstone program small groups

Welcome to Advanced Placement.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a voluntary program that offers students an opportunity to take one or more college-level courses while still in high school. AP isn't just for top students or those headed for college. AP offers something for everyone. Students can choose from a whole host of courses and exams in 22 subject areas, including art, computer science, geography, government and politics, music theory, world languages, and more. For inquisitive students, AP touches on a universe of knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. Each course is a unique learning experience in which students explore subjects from a variety of perspectives—including their own.

AP Capstone

The College Board introduced the AP Capstone Diploma program in 2014 and it will be offered at Armstrong High School starting in the 2016-2017 school year. This program is a way for students to develop a rich foundation for future academic studies and recognizes students for their research, writing, and critical thinking abilities. In order to earn the AP Capstone Diploma students would take the courses AP Seminar and AP Research and earn a 3 out of 5 or higher for their exam or project in the course. Additionally, students would take at least 4 additional AP exams and earn a 3 or higher in each. Students who complete AP Seminar and AP Research and earn a 3 in both are eligible for the AP Research Certificate without taking additional AP exams. Both classes follow the QUEST pedagogy, which stands for Questioning, Understanding, Evaluating, Synthesizing, and Teaming/Telling. The classes are an excellent opportunity for students to explore real-world issues from multiple perspectives (cultural, historical, environmental, scientific, artistic, etc.) and to become a critical thinker ready to thrive in a global society. Students will read a variety of texts, from non-fiction to historical and literary throughout the course. 

AP Seminar
Much like a seminar course for a first-year college student, this course focuses heavily on understanding and analyzing a wide variety of texts and pushing critical thinking through discussion, reflection, and writing. Students are assessed by a group presentation, an individual presentation, and their performance on the AP exam for the course in the spring. This course fills the English requirement for 11th grade.

AP Research
This course furthers the work done in AP Seminar and again explores a variety of texts from multiple perspectives. The culminating project in the course is an individual research paper of 20+ pages and an oral defense of that work to an academic panel. 

More information about these courses can be found on the AP College Board website.


Paul Dotter
AP Coordinator
Armstrong High School

AP Services
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541
609-771-7300 or 888-225-5427