Osbourn AP Bootcamp A Success
More students than expected turned out to AP bootcamp this week.
A three-day AP bootcamp took place this week at Osbourn High School to prepare new students.
"We had 99 students," Superintendent Gail Pope said. "They thought they might get 40."
Its success comes after advanced placement tests were made mandatory at Osbourn High School.
The Manassas City School Board voted 4-1 at an Aug. 9 meeting to mandate the tests for students taking the associated courses.
A recent report released by Washington Post education reporter, Jay Matthews ranked Manassas City Public Schools no. 169 out of 178 when it came to preparing students for college.
School board members said it is important for the community to know their concerns are being heard, and they're trying to improve conditions for the students.
"We do recognize we have a challenge, we are trying to do something about it," said Chairman Albrecht. "The significant piece of it is that you will not see those results until 2013, because next year's AP test won't be reported for a year later."
The invitation for the bootcamp was given out to all students enrolled in the advanced placement program. The school system is also actively involved in recruitment.
"It's nice to have affirmative action along those lines, to at least get people to have a taste of it," said Board Member Kermit Dance.
The hope is that this bootcamp will show students that AP classes are worth taking and more students will take them.