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Course Description

AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000–5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit, or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense. (CB 2017)

AP Research Topics


  • Are teens at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School more traditionally religious or spiritual (inclined to occult mediums like numerology, tarot, and astrology)? 
  • Is there a correlation between political idealogy and the types of stocks teens at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School choose to invest in? 
  • Do the different demographics (ethnicity, socio-economic status, and location) between Oakland High School and Alameda High School impact student accessibility to test prep resources for the SAT? 
  • How did Latinx families at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School respond to COVID-19 public health strategies (PCR testing and vaccination)?  
  • Topic: Teen self-perception, beauty standards, and the influx of CGI models in ad campaigns and on social media platforms


  • Is there a correlation between the domestic box office success of a movie and its MPAA ratiing, runtime, budget, genre, and release date?
  • Will Assembly Bills 1767, 34, and 984 be successful in preventing teen suicide among California high school students?
  • Is there a correlation between family income and child maltreatment allegations in Los Angeles county?
  • What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on the reporting of child abuse cases in Alameda County?
  • Is there a correlation between felony disenfranchisement rates and minority voter turnout in the state of Florida over the 2012, 2016, and 2020 general presidential elections?
  • How can local government affordably increase the amount of low-income housing needed in the Bay Area to meet demand?
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