Approximately 70 students recently participated in Oswego High School’s AP (Advanced Placement) Academy. The group included students who will be taking an AP course this year for the first time as well as students who have previously completed an AP course.
According to information provided by Oswego School District 308, the students who have been in an AP course will be mentors and will work closely with their mentees throughout the school year. This year’s group includes mostly seniors, but the hope is to continue to expand this program for all first-time AP students in the future.
The AP Academy is a system of support for first-time AP students who were identified through a Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) committee.
During the AP Academy, students were paired with their mentors where they participated in team-building activities and worked together to create mentoring plans for the school year. Students were introduced to critical skills necessary to be successful in an AP/Dual Credit class, including strategies to improve inquiry skills, organizational skills, time management skills and stress management techniques.
The students in the academy will continue to meet quarterly at various events as a group after school. Individual meetings scheduled between the AP mentors and their mentees will take place throughout the year on a regular basis.