Departments & Staff

AP Capstone

AP Capstone at Xavier

After a rigorous and exacting application process, Xavier was awarded the AP Capstone Program by the CollegeBoard in 2016. The inaugural AP Seminar course was taught during the 2017-18 academic year and this year AP Research has been added. The program is available to incoming sophomores and juniors. This is an exciting addition to Xavier’s already impressive academic curriculum that further enhances our students’ college readiness. Xavier is one of approximately 1,100 schools worldwide and one of approximately 25 schools in Arizona given the privilege of offering this program to their students.

Why Choose Capstone?

AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop research, collaboration and communication skills by taking two courses in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research. This two course series is designed not only to prepare students for college, but to also facilitate overall success and academic curiosity.
The benefits of AP Capstone for students are many.  It will help them to foster research, argumentation and communication skills. It provides a setting to build on the knowledge and rigorous course work of AP in an interdisciplinary format. It allows students a choice to challenge themselves academically by being able to show their passion and interest in specific research topics.  This will also help to transform students into independent thinkers.

How it Works

Sample Student Work

    • Group Project 2018

    • Independent Project 2018

Meet the Teachers

Melita Prins, M.A., M.S. Academic Advising  
Guidance Counselor 
AP Capstone Director 
AP Seminar/Research 
Alison Mead, M.Ed. 
AP English IV
AP English IV Great Books Seminar
AP Capstone Research
ENG 101-102 for Rio Salado
Key Club Moderator 
Toastmasters Moderator 
Summer Reading Program Co-Director
Dani Richter, J.D. '03
English I Great Books 
English II
American Government
AP Capstone Seminar/Research 
Political Science POS 110 for Rio Salado
Elias Romley Mock Trial Team Moderator 
Shannon Donaldson
Honors English II
Aachen Germany Chaperone
AP Capstone-Seminar
Poetry Out Loud Moderator

Claire Yablong, MBA ‘07
Algebra I 
AP Capstone Seminar/Research 
Independent Study in Engineering 

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