Bryan ISD launches week of advanced college program information nights on Monday

BRYAN, TX (KBTX) – Bryan ISD kicked off a week of Advanced Academic Information Evenings at Rudder High School on Monday night.

Applications are now open for advanced university programs in the district. These meetings give parents and students the opportunity to learn more about them during the application process.

“Colleges are becoming more and more competitive, and so wherever kids can offer something that sets them apart from other students, they need to embrace it,” said Scott Skrla, professor of social studies at Rudder High School Capstone. “When I was first in school, AP classes were the exception and not the norm, and now that’s about if you want to go to one of these very competitive schools, you have to have completed these AP programs. “

Monday focused on the AP Capstone programs. The district says it uses an interdisciplinary approach to develop the critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills students need for college-level work. Rudder High School is the only school in Brazos County to offer this prestigious program, and one of only 5% of high schools in the United States. Rudder will host another AP Capstone Info Night on January 19 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

“These courses are more geared towards graduate level college courses rather than traditional undergraduate courses in the sense that they are skill-based courses rather than program-based,” Skrla said. “We don’t learn a specific subject. We focus more on skills. I finished my masters program a few years ago, and the skills I’m teaching now are the ones I was like, “Hey, why didn’t anyone ever teach me this when I went to get my masters?” “

Skrla says the AP Capstone program has a strong focus on building presentation skills and teaching students how to sell themselves and argue in front of an audience. He says the biggest takeaway from the program is that many students are able to handle job interviews better because they so often practice the same skills in these comprehensive courses.

Inquire Night is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Jane Long Intermediate Cafeteria. The district says the Inquire Academy for Global Leadership, for Grades 5-8, is for gifted, high-performing students with an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving and self-disciplined learning. Students have the opportunity to learn Spanish and Chinese.

Odyssey Night will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Stephen F. Austin Middle School. The district says Odyssey Academy, also for grades 5-8, is the only nationally certified STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for students in the Brazos Valley.

Bryan Collegiate Night is also Thursday. This information session will begin at 6 p.m. at Bryan Collegiate High School. The evening of the International Baccalaureate is scheduled for January 18 at 7 p.m. in the silver cafeteria of Bryan High School.

Students must live inside Bryan ISD and enroll in the district’s 2022-2023 school year to take advantage of these opportunities. They must also complete and apply for each program except AP Capstone.

All of these briefings will be webcast live on Bryan ISD YouTube Channel. For more information on these advanced university programs, click here.

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