2015-03-14 / The Bullhorn

AP Academy strives for success

By Anderson Clayton
Bullhorn Editor

Roxboro Community School (RCS) is known for its successful college preparatory program, which provides students with the necessary opportunities to excel beyond the school environment. This year, under the guidance of Managing Executive Director Natalie Brozy, RCS has added an even more challenging program for highly motivated students.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Academy consists of a group of students selected through an application process during eighth-grade who will complete a minimum of eight AP courses during grades nine- 12. This cohort of students is required to complete 10 hours of meaningful, sustained community service, along with maintaining their grades in all classes.

After acceptance into RCS, any rising ninth-grade student may apply to the AP Academy, which is open to incoming freshmen who are current RCS students, including new students accepted through Open Enrollment.

AP English teacher and AP Academy mentor Wanda Ball said, “As their mentor, I am so proud of this special group of students who have demonstrated hard work, academic motivation, and pursuit of academic excellence. They have embraced academic rigor and have proven that they as ninth-graders can excel in honors and AP courses.”

This year’s cohort has designed and implemented a middle school tutoring program. As a group, they established rationale for their service, presented their proposal to the RCS Board of Directors and administration for approval, and then presented their program to middle school faculty and students.

AP Academy students offer tutoring every Tuesday and Wednesday, inviting any student who wants one-on-one assistance to attend.

“The cohort has also been fortunate to participate in a leadership retreat, led by Margaret Bradsher,” Ball continued. “The students have been privileged to learn about themselves, to develop their leadership style, and experience leadership simulations, all from a talented and nationally recognized consultant.”

Madison Satterfield, a ninthgrader and AP Academy student ,said, “I love that I have the opportunity to be a part of the AP Academy. We are a really tight knit group and we’ve all become closer.”

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