ACADEMICS

CAREER & SELF-MANAGEMENT

Sophomore year at AOC is designed to build upon and refine our understanding of ourselves. Students will use their personal development from freshmen year to refine their understanding of career choices and civic engagement. Through the lens of their personal strengths and interests, students will explore career options and fields of study that will help lay the foundation for their plans after high school. In the classroom, sophomore year at AOC will transition students to collegiate quality work and prepare them to make informed choices about their future.  

REFINING YOUR SELF-AWARENESS

Your journey of exploration continues, as you narrow your interests through our roadmaps. You will develop your Ed Plan for your COC coursework for the next two years.

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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 sophomore, you will engage  in thoughtful projects that allow you to develop your collaboration and communication skills. You will develop a foundation that prepares you for the high school and college environments.

In chemistry, we used our creative thinking skills to create a prototype of a desk that suits our needs. Using regular materials and our good 'ole brains, we created a desk, a sales pitch, pricings, and more to present our desks in a professional way. It taught us a lot of valuable information, and the work was fun too!

-Olivia Pilson, Class of '22

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THE FOUR YEAR PLAN

Your

Sophomore Year

at the Academy

As a sophomore, you continue to explore your personal strengths and interests. This is the first real year to cultivate your passions and to explore what AOC & COC can truly offer you. You are given the opportunity to engage in classes like Calculus and Psychology. You will collaborate with your peers to build collaborative skills that prepare you for the next two years (the most important ones!). By learning how to write a CER or doing your first lab at COC, for instance, you will develop a solid foundation before you move on. 

 
 

Collaborate & Engage With Complex Issues

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony."
- Mahatma Gandhi
 

Michelle Siner
Honors Chemistry 10 Teacher
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Notable Projects
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AOC NEWSROOM

AOC's Spring Showcase

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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 alumnus journeys in those paths, which 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

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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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).

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INSIDE THE TEST

Learn more about the test on the official CollegeBoard website.