The program is anchored to the College Board's AP Capstone program
, which aims to equip students with “independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills." The AP Seminar and AP Research courses that are the foundation of the Capstone program were developed in response to feedback from colleges and universities, which are looking for students who can:
- Analyze topics through multiple lenses to construct meaning or gain understanding
- Plan and conduct a study or investigation
- Propose solutions to real-world problems
- Plan and produce communication in various forms
- Collaborate to solve a problem
- Integrate, synthesize, and make cross-curricular connections
Capstone is a fitting anchor for Trafalgar’s Pre-U program because it is consistent with the school's Core 4 guiding principles
(Be Open, Be Curious, Be Collaborative, Be Curious.) We understand that academic ability is not static and that authentic learning and real growth require opportunities to practice creative thinking, analytical skills and practical skills with ongoing support. We are making a move away from standardized testing in favour of authentic-performance tasks that build 21st century skills in our students.
The AP Seminar and AP Research courses at the heart of Capstone will continue the work we have already begun in terms of developing in our students the ability to follow an inquiry process, think critically and participate meaningfully in academic dialogue. Complementary AP and Ontario-based courses are provided in a variety of disciplines (English, Social Science, World Languages and Culture, Arts, Math and Science).