AP Seminar

  • There are no summer assignments for AP Seminar.

  • AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives.

  • Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances.

  • Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.

  • Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.
  • Contact information: Mrs. Taryn Barker, Mrs. Janelle Schunk, Ms. Betsy Woods


Students are assessed with two through-course performance assessment tasks and one end-of-course exam. All three assessments are summative and will be used to calculate a final AP score (using the 1–5 scale) for AP Seminar. Format of Assessment Team Project and Presentation

  • 25% of AP Score • Individual Research and Reflection • Written Team Report • Team Multimedia Presentation and Defense Individual Research-Based Essay and Presentation

  • 35% of AP Score • Individual Written Argument • Individual Multimedia Presentation • Oral Defense End-of-Course Exam (3 Hours)

  • 40% of AP Score • Understanding and analyzing an argument (3 short-answer questions) • Evaluating and comparing the effectiveness of arguments (essay) • Synthesizing information to develop an evidence-based argument essay (evidence-based argument essay

Tom Willson,
Aug 23, 2016, 6:14 PM