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Bryan ISD kicks off week of advanced academic programs info nights Monday

Bryan, Texas (KBTX) – Bryan ISD kicked off a week of Advanced Academic Information Nights at Rudder High School on Monday evening.

Applications are now open for advanced academic programs in the region. These meetings provide parents and students with opportunities to learn more about them in the application process.

“Colleges are becoming increasingly competitive, so anywhere kids can offer something that sets them apart from other students, they have to embrace that,” said Scott Skrila, a social studies teacher at Rudder High School Capstone. “When I was first in school, AP classes were the exception rather than the rule, and now if you want to go to one of these super-competitive schools, you’ll be expected to have taken these APs.”

Monday focused on 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 to function at the college level. 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 Information Night on January 19 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.

“These classes cater more to graduate-level university classes rather than traditional undergraduate classes, meaning they are skill-based classes rather than curriculum-based classes,” Skrla said. “We don’t learn a specific subject. We focus more on skills. I finished my master’s program two years ago, and the skills I’m studying now are the ones I was like, ‘Hey, why didn’t anyone teach me this when I went for my master’s?'”

Skrla says the AP Capstone program places great emphasis on building presentation skills and teaching students how to sell themselves and argue to an audience. He says the biggest benefit he got from the program is that many students are able to handle job interviews better because they practice the same skills so often in these graduate classes.

Inquire Night is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Jane Long Intermediate Cafeteria. The district says the Encore Global Leadership Academy, for students in grades five through eight, is for talented and high-achieving students with an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving and self-disciplined learning. Students have the opportunity to learn Spanish and Chinese.

Odyssey Night will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Stephen F. Austin Middle School cafeteria. The district says Odyssey Academy, also for students in grades five through eight, is the only nationally accredited STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program for students in the Brazos Valley.

Bryan Collegiate Night is Thursday, too. This information session will begin at 6 p.m. at Brian Collegiate High School. IB Night is set for January 18th at 7pm in the Silver Cafeteria of Bryan High School.

Students must live within Bryan ISD and be enrolled in the district’s 2022-23 academic year to take advantage of these opportunities. They must also complete and submit an application for every program except AP Capstone.

All of these media sessions will be broadcast live on Bryan ISD’s YouTube channel. For more information on these advanced academic programs, click here.

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