AT Seminar

You will investigate real-world topics of your choosing from multiple perspectives, which often are different or competing; and learn to collect and analyze information with accuracy and precision, develop arguments based on facts and effectively communicate them. Read more.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

You will learn how to deconstruct arguments, write exploratory papers, work on teams to argue for solutions, write and present academic arguments. 

Advanced Placement exam is available for this course.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are available for this course. For more information on Advanced Placement, click here

Course Details

Bob Helmer

"You should take this course if you want to learn how to read, write, and think like an academic, how to comprehensively research complex topics, how to tear apart professional papers, and how to build strong and well-reasoned arguments that can serve as the foundations for further conversation."

AT Seminar

ID: 48520 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Credit: Elective
Prerequisite: Semester I grade of A or higher in both English 9 and World History, or Semester I grade of A or higher in World Studies is required to select this course in tenth grade. Semester 1 grade of B+ or higher in English 10/American Studies is required to select this course in eleventh grade.
Note: AT Seminar requires independence, self-regulation and time management to be successful. Please see the TEC department chair if you have questions. The Advanced Topic (AT) designation indicates a course is at university level, putting it at or above the level of a traditional Advanced Placement (AP) course. This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

The AT Seminar course is an inquiry-driven course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore real-world topics and issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn to collect and analyze information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. Students also work collaboratively to submit a team project. The AT Seminar is year one of the AT Research & Catalyst program; merging the AT Seminar/ AT Research program with the Catalyst project allows students to reflect on their passions and strengths while they develop the skills that help them to think and write academically. Upon completion of the AT Seminar, students will be prepared for a research, performance, or innovation-based AT Research & Catalyst experience the following academic year. This course has fully adopted the AP Seminar curriculum, and therefore, students will be eligible to take the AP Seminar exam in preparation for earning the AP Capstone Diploma. The course requires rigorous study and emphasizes in-depth research. AT Seminar requires independence, self-regulation, and time management to be successful.

What Our Students Say


What I love about AT Seminar is the freedom to research and delve into topics of our choice. This course has allowed me to not only learn more about topics I am interested in, but also enhance my skills as a writer. It is a great course to consider if you are passionate about an idea or topic, or if you simply love doing research. Although this course can be challenging, if you do not procrastinate and are organized, it can be one of the most fulfilling courses in your high school career!”Debora Ghosh,
Class of 2020


AT Seminar is a brilliant course for students to explore topics they’re interested in while learning how to balance perspectives, research efficiently, and synthesize ideas. In this class, everything that is needed for success is given, such as exemplars, rubrics, feedback, and even advice from previous students. Working with peers and self-advocacy is a crucial aspect of this course; however, even if you struggle with those skills, you’ll learn them quickly. If you’re willing to put in the work, the AT Seminar will teach you skills that can apply to every class you take.”Eunah Jo,

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations

What Our Alumni Say


For students considering this course, I would fully advise students to challenge themselves in taking it and stress that it was the most influential course I took at SAS. Taking AP/AT Seminar was instrumental in improving academic skills, getting comfortable with speaking and collaborating in class, and figuring out where my interests lay. While initially a difficult course, the payoff is well worth it as the skills have been transferable throughout both high school and college. AP/AT Seminar teaches fundamental reading, writing, analysis, and communication skills and tailors itself to what you want to explore.

Quinn Tucker, Class of 2018