The week-long Pre AP/IB Workshop introduces students to AP and IB courses with the goal of getting them interested in taking higher level courses. During that week, students go through daily rotations in Art, Math, History, and English. Each teacher creates a week-long course for students to experience the rigors of an AP or IB class and to develop his or her skills in that subject area, helping them to become more confident in the skills they will need if they choose to pursue AP or IB classes. The whole-group time at the start and end of each day was used for multiple activities such as icebreakers and team building challenges, informational sessions about AP and IB, and a panel of AP and IB students who spoke about their experiences and answered any questions.
Four teachers and 28 students attended the week-long workshop in the summer of 2016, the first summer of the Pre AP/IB Workshop. Teachers used their planning time to create lessons that would not only engage students but would build their confidence and help them see what a rigorous course looked like. The four teachers met as a group three times to plan the rotation schedule, team building activities, and the student panel. All the teachers felt that the program was very successful. The students asked great questions, came prepared and ready for the challenges each day, and bonded as a group. Almost all of the students reported being excited about IB or AP. The program coordinator planned to follow up with theses students as the first semester progressed and in December when they made decisions about their junior and senior years.