ACADEMICS

IDENTITY & SELF-AWARENESS

Freshman year at AOC is an opportunity to work on our self-awareness and begin developing a sense of our adult identity. Through AOC and COC courses and programs students will build an understanding of their personality, learning style, specific intelligences, and personal strengths. Students will aim to identify their skills and interests with the goal of establishing their adult contribution to our community. In all AOC courses, students will work to develop an academic foundation and personal maturity necessary for the college environment. 

IDENTIFYING YOUR STRENGTHS

Your journey of exploration truly begins. Through our website, you are given countless resources for discovering your academic path.

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Check out our step by step guide on how to use the AOC Helping Hand Website & Resource.

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COLLABORATE & ENGAGE

As a freshman, you will learn to engage with relevant issues pertaining American society. You will develop a foundation that prepares you for the high school and college environments.

The SAL fair was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life! My whole perspective changed on many different marginalized groups through amazing and interactive presentations by both myself and my peers. I also felt like this assignment helped me learn of different methods I can use to help in every way!

-Shaun Thomas, Class of '23

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THE FOUR YEAR PLAN

Your

Freshman Year

at the Academy

Welcome to AOC! Arriving on AOC's campus is without question an adjustment - expect to experience some hiccups along the way! While the college process should be the farthest thing from your mind, now is the time to develop and pursue your intellectual interests, build strong study habits and participate in extracurricular and athletic activities that enrich your life.

 

Collaborate & Engage With Complex Issues

Mike Koegle
Honors Biology

"There is no room for bigotry in Biology!"

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Notable Projects
 
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EXPLORE

 

Discover Your Pathway

Self-assessment is the critical first step in learning about what you are passionate about, and what your personal strengths are. This process begins by exploring different possibilities and outcomes.


Helping Hand has outlined this process by detailing potential paths and alumni's journeys in those paths. This allows you to gauge whether or not you could envision yourself pursuing that path. 

Discover Your Path
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EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES

Now is the time to begin to identify your interests, and what makes you curious. Browse our different pathways and concentrations, and identify one that interests you the most.

Explore Roadmaps from our AOC Alumni
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FIND OUT WHAT IT TAKES

Now that you've identified a path of interest, read about an alumni's journey in that path. Take note of their extracurriculars and classes, as well as their advice for maximizing your AOC experience.

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FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR PATH

The World Economic Forum monitors the issues and forces driving transformational change across economies, industries, and global issues.

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