Oswego school board student rep talks about high school academic opportunities

Oswego school board Student Representative and Oswego High School Student Council President Kara Weiss made a presentation at a recent board meeting about all the opportunities at Oswego High that can enhance the educational experience.

She talked about the “five programs that let students obtain college credits” available to Oswego High School students and  also provided an overview of extracurricular clubs and organizations

Weiss noted five programs that allow for college credit: Project Lead the Way;  Advanced Placement; Syracuse University Project Advance; New Vision and Aspire Higher.

Project Lead the Way is a sequence of pre-engineering courses offered through Rochester Institute of Technology. Weiss noted, “This gives everybody exposure to the engineering field.” She said it can provide students with up to 16 credits from RIT.

Advanced Placement courses have been offered for quite some time in Oswego.  Economics is offered through SUPA, a cooperative program between Syracuse University and the Oswego High.

The New Vision program is a BOCES program which “gives seniors the opportunity to observe the work day of professionals in various fields and specializations.”

Aspire Higher is relatively new in the district, but Weiss noted, “This allows the top third of the senior class an opportunity to take college courses at SUNY Oswego.

In the past three years, nearly 70 students have taken advantage of Aspire Higher. Two classes can be taken during the summer prior to the senior year while students can also take two classes in each of the fall and spring semester for a maximum of 18 credit hours.

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