Oak Forest High School hosted an AP camp in summer for incoming freshmen. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 10, 2014 6:02AM
Earlier this school year, Oak Forest High School completed its first Advanced Placement Camp, in which faculty members and current AP upperclassmen worked together to create a supportive environment for incoming AP freshmen.
Oak Forest High School encourages students to take at least one AP class during their high school experience. Students who have completed an AP class and have taken the AP exam tend to have higher acceptance rates into higher education and higher retention rates once in college, according to a news release about the camp.
The camp introduced the freshmen to the experience of high school AP classes. Team-building lessons acclimated the freshmen to the school and the upcoming challenging classes. Camp students learned survival skills and the value of networking, among other skills.
Oak Forest teachers Kevin Farrell and Ed Lipowski provided instruction to the AP camp students through multicultural reading and writing assignments to introduce students to human geography and ethnic literature.
Farrell summarized the camp as “a great immersion experience for the freshmen.”
AP mentors gave new students tips for being successful in AP classes. They helped ease students’ fears about their challenging curriculum by taking them on a scavenger hunt around the school. They also served as targets when the freshmen “threw away” their fears by writing them on strips of paper attached to water balloons.