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Article: NWLSD Prepares Students For Success By Offering Pre-AP Camp

NWLSD Prepares Students For Success By Offering Pre-AP Camp

Students working hard at NWHS during Pre-AP Camp

Northwest Local School District (NWLSD) is hosting its first ever Pre-AP Camp for students entering 9th grade in the 2019-2020 school year. Incoming freshmen at Colerain High School (CHS) and Northwest High School (NWHS) have the opportunity to participate in a week-long program that will offer each student the opportunity to collaborate with their peers intellectually while developing the skills necessary to be successful in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The camp, which will be taught by NWLSD teachers, is being offered four times this summer throughout the weeks of June 10, June 17, July 29 and August 5.

The establishment of the Pre-AP Camp was a collaborative effort between CHS Principal Jack Fisher and NWHS Principal Susan Smith to create a program that would help students develop the select set of skills needed to take Honors, AP, College Credit Plus and other high-level courses.  

“These camps focus on teaching students to hone skills related to research and problem-based learning. This combined effort between CHS and NWHS is just one example of our five-year high school redesign process,” said Jack Fisher. “We hope to create new programs and opportunities for all of our students over the course of the next few years. The future is bright in the NWLSD.”

The theme of the week aligns with High School Redesign, a project that encourages students to be a part of creating what high school should look like in 5 years. The students in the program are required to create a visual representation of the ideal classroom and to put together a presentation that explains how their proposal best prepares students for the future. They are to present their ideas to a panel of leaders, who will grade them on their individual classwork, their developed thesis and the research that went into their project.

The program is free of charge and is open to any NWLSD 9th grade student interested in taking AP and Honors courses. This year there are 169 students participating: 43 percent of the students are minorities and 55 of the 169 students are economically disadvantaged.

“As a district we are continuously looking for opportunities to increase student diversity in our upper level academic programs. It is exciting to see diverse groups of students from across the district learning and growing together during this week-long experience,” said Brenda Miller, NWLSD Director of Instructional Accountability. “Through their presentations, the students gave us many innovative ideas to consider as we strive to redesign teaching and learning and ensure that all of our students graduate future-ready.”

NWLSD has added over 20 new high school course offerings for the upcoming school year. The broad options will allow students more choices in the courses that they elect to take. Two of the new courses that will be offered to incoming 9th grade students are AP Human Geography and AP World History.

For more information about the Pre-Ap Camp, please contact Brenda Miller, NWLSD Director of Instructional Accountability, at [email protected] or by phone at 513-923-1000 ext. 3925.

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