Hong Wen International School to Offer AP Capstone Diploma Program


Diploma Program Focuses on College-Level Research, Collaboration, and Presentation Skills Crucial for College and Career Success!

Hong Wen International School is one of approximately 2,000 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone™ Diploma program―an innovative program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success, such as research, collaboration, and communication.The program consists of two yearlong courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research. We will start offering AP Seminar in the fall of 2021.

HWIS is one of approximately 2,000 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone™ Diploma program but we are 1 of the 6 schools only in Taiwan to offer this program according to the Collegeboard registration site. Students who score a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing earn the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who score a 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research (and not on four additional AP Exams) earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.

This innovative program gets a broader, more diverse student population ready for college and beyond. The program gives our teachers more leeway with curriculum choices, so their students can access more challenging coursework and sharpen their reading and writing skills.

In AP Seminar, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, students choose and evaluate complex topics through multiple lenses; identify credibility and bias in sources; and develop arguments in support of a recommendation. AP Seminar is a project-based learning course. Each student’s AP Seminar score is based on a set of assessments including research reports, written arguments, timed essays and group and individual presentations completed throughout the academic year.

In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, execute, present, and defend a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest. They build on skills developed in AP Seminar by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to contribute to academic research. Like AP Seminar, AP Research is a project-based course. Each student’s AP Research score is based on their academic paper, presentation, and oral defense.

In partnership with the higher education community, College Board developed AP Capstone so students can practice and master skills that serve them well in college and career. We are excited to provide another program which gives our students a greater opportunity to enter some of the world’s best universities.