AP Capstone or Foreign Language for Sophomore?

Question: My son has to select his Junior Year classes this week. He is currently in an advanced program in his high school and the new thing they are pushing this year is the AP Capstone Seminar (with the AP Capstone Research Senior Year) class. In order to make room for this elective he will have to give up taking four years of foreign language which is also “highly recommended.” Everything I find on the AP Capstone program seems to come from the makers of the classes and therefore very positive and marketing savy but at the same time very vague. I cannot seem to find anything on how actual universities are weighing this program. Is it better to stick to a course load of other AP classes and 4 years of foreign language or to go for the Capstone. In short, is the program all it is hyped up to be?

It’s too early to have much information on how the college folks are weighing the new Capstone program. “The Dean,” however, views it as The College Board’s way of trying to make sure that the growing popularity of the International Baccalaureate doesn’t steal all their AP thunder … and their customers!

I suspect that admission officials will view the Capstone program as a rigorous one, similar to IB, but I bet that a number of them are also rolling their eyes, thinking, “Just what the world doesn’t need … more intervention in teenagers’ lives by the College Board.”

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