OSWEGO, NY – Educational and extracurricular activities abound at the Oswego High School.
Recently, Oswego City School District Board of Education Student Representative and Oswego High School Student Council President Kara Weiss made a presentation at the board meeting relating to a wide array of opportunities that can enhance the educational experience.
She talked about the “five programs that let students obtain college credits” that are available to Oswego High School students and also provided an overview of extracurricular clubs and organizations
Weiss noted that the five programs that allow for college credit include Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Advanced Placement (AP), Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA), New Vision and Aspire Higher.
In reviewing each she explained the benefits of participating in the various programs.
Project Lead the Way is a sequence of pre-engineering courses offered through Rochester Institute of Technology. Weiss noted, “This gives everybody exposure to the engineering field.” Continuing she said, “Girls are encouraged in regards to job opportunities for females.”
PLTW can provide OHS students with up to 16 credits from RIT and she noted, “Students only have to pay for the course credits if they decide to buy the credits after taking the test.”
Advanced Placement courses have been offered for quite some time in the Oswego City School District.
Weiss explained, “These college level courses are taught by Oswego High School teachers and at this time there are nine courses available.”
Currently the offerings include Calculus, statistics, psychology, physics, computer science, American History, world history, music theory and English Literature and Composition.
There is a cost for the exam fee to obtain college credits.
SUPA is a cooperative program between Syracuse University and the Oswego High School and economics is offered with the cost based on credit hour.
Weiss said, “If students choose not to pay for the credits they can receive local credit.”
The New Vision program is a BOCES based educational endeavor.
Weiss said, “This gives seniors the opportunity to observe the work day of professionals in various fields and specializations.”
Allied Health is in partnership with Oswego Health while the law and government program is a cooperative effort with the Oswego Public Justice Center. There is also an education aspect with local school and community programs.
For two of the days students are in the field while the other three days students are in the classroom with their core subjects.
Aspire Higher is relatively new in the district, but Weiss noted, “This allows the top third of the senior class an opportunity to take college courses at SUNY Oswego. The only costs are for textbooks, lab fees and parking.”
In the past three years nearly 70 students have taken advantage of Aspire Higher. Two classes can be taken during the summer prior to the senior year while students can also take two classes in each of the Fall and Spring semester for a maximum of 18 credit hours.
Weiss noted, “There are advantages for students to take these courses and they include potentially lowering the total cost of college, provides students experience in various fields and prepares students for the workload associated with college classes.”
While additional educational opportunities are available to students there are also a huge array of extracurricular organizations which provide another important aspect of attending OHS.
Among the various organizations that invite students participation are the Acceptance Coalition Club, Choral, Concert Band, Drama Club, Environmental Club, First Robotics Club, Freshman Class, Interact Club, Jazz Band, Junior Class, Key Club, the Marching Bucs, National Honor Society, OHS Inc., SADD Club, Sailing Club, Senior Class, Ski Club, Sophomore Class, String Program, Student Council, the Buc Bulletin, Symphonic Band, Travel Club, WBUC-TV Club, Weight Lifting Club and the Paradox yearbook.