ACADEMICS

COLLEGE & RELATIONSHIP AWARENESS

Junior year at AOC is a chance to refine your plan beyond high school and build the strengths and talents that will apply to your career and college major. Students will join a college that provides opportunity at AOC for students and staff to channel a student's classroom contributions to their career interests and necessary skills. At AOC, students will build on collegiate academics, collaboration and communication skills, and academic creativity. COC classes will strengthen academic skills and further a student’s understanding of possible majors. Students refine their understanding of relationships and the role they play in productivity, happiness, identity, and fulfillment.

DEVELOPING YOUR POST-GRAD PLANS

Now that you've explored the possibilities, you are given the necessary resources to engage in your academic path and to develop relevant skills and experiences that will prepare you for college.

COLLABORATE & PROBLEM-SOLVE

As a junior, you will learn about the numerous injustices throughout American History. With (and without) your peers, you will create thoughtful, skillful projects based on insightful texts.

During junior year, we did the American Culture Project which encourages students to think about themselves and their culture. The project requires students to pick one aspect of their culture and research it thoroughly. After researching, the student formulates an informative presentation discussing the core aspects of the culture as well as its relation to the broader American culture.

-Shane Monney, Class of '21

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THE FOUR YEAR PLAN

Your

Junior Year

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As a junior, your transformation from adolescent to young adult begins. You will engage with compelling texts. You will collaborate with your peers to develop thoughtful projects that analyze the significance of historical events and to develop skills. Working together with your parents and college counselor, you will learn to refine your goals and interests while developing a balanced college list that meets the needs of the unique individual that you are.

 
 

Collaborate & Engage With Complex Issues

"Coming Soon."

Robert Walker, PhD
Honors US History
Notable Projects
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ENGAGEMENT

 

Developing Skills & Experience In Your Pathway

You've discovered a pathway of choice. Now, it's time to learn how to engage with the passions that you've identified, specifically through the development of skills and experiences relevant to your pathway.

This can come in the form of internships, extracurriculars, founding or joining an organization, personal projects, and collaborative projects. Our network of AOC Alumni offer some personal recommendations for opportunities and experiences that you can start with.

Free Summer Camps & Internship Opportunities

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Law, International Policy, & Political Studies

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Math, Computers, & Data

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Physical Science & Engineering

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Social & Behavioral Science

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Sustainability & the Environment

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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.

TESTING

 

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT Exam

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test administered by the College Board. Students at AOC are given the opportunity to take the exam in the fall semester of their sophomore year and/or their junior year.

The PSAT

Quick Links

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is taken in October.
Sophomores take the test to get practice in standardized test taking and to
evaluate strengths and weaknesses. The scores are never reported to colleges and are only for student use. If you want to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship (NMSQT), then it is important to do extremely well on this PSAT (95th – 99th percentile required for consideration).

INSIDE THE TEST

Learn more about the test on the official CollegeBoard website.

COUNSELING

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AOC's Counseling Department

High School and College Readiness Presentations
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  • Review high school graduation requirement
  • Freshman College App requirements/Transfer Ed Plan review
  • AA degree review
  • 30 minute individual education plan meeting with AOC counselor
  • Freshman College Search review/App Timeline
  • “To Do” List
  • COC Ed Plan Counseling Appointments
  • 30 minute individual education plan meeting with AOC counselor
  • Freshman Application Preparation

APPLYING

Searching for College Options

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Resources

Good research means an investment of time and energy. The more thorough research you do, the better equipped you will be to make good decisions for yourself.