Western School of Technology prepares students for AP success through a boot camp


Students enrolled in advanced placement classes at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science took part in the school's inaugural Boot Camp for Advanced Placement Students. The event, held on August 30, is intended to become an annual event.

Students were divided into groups and took part in activities that focused on four essential skills for Advanced Placement success: teamwork, communication, organization and problem solving. All together 338 students took part in seven different timed activities that required students to work together to meet a specified goal. Teachers debriefed students and helped them relate the activities back to success in the classroom.   

The Boot Camp for Advanced Placement Students program was developed by Jacob Clifford, a California teacher, and works to develop a sense of community in the classroom and assist students in developing the skills and attitude required for success in rigorous advanced placement classes. 


Advanced Placement Overview

Overseen by the College Board, Advanced Placement (AP) courses allow students to take college-level classes during high school. At the end of each course, students have the opportunity to take AP Exams, which may earn them credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities. During the 2012-2013 school year, BCPS high schools offered an average of nearly 17 AP courses each. Baltimore County Public Schools continues to expand availability of AP course sections and subjects in all high schools. For more information, please talk to school counselors or visit

Story and photos by Brian Schilpp, Magnet Coordinator, Western Tech
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