Academics Posts


Shaping Good Samaritans with STEM Skills

6 months ago

When AOPS students are challenged to address global societal needs, they put their STEM skills to good use. See what our students invented at this STEM expo!

Student Spotlight: JT Hughes on Serving Others

8 months ago

What motivates students to serve? Inspired by how teachers impacted his own life, AOPS student JT Hughes is giving back to his community — through dance! This is his story.

The Face of America’s Next Engineers

8 months ago

What does it take to get 1 in 4 children engaged in engineering? Take a look into West Catholic Prep’s ambitious, school-wide STEM project and find out.

Why Strength Matters: A Parent’s Perspective

9 months ago

Where does the strength to take on more than you thought possible come from? Pope John Paul II High School, according to these 4-time AOPS parents.

Today’s Tech Challenge: Teach This Robot How to Dance

10 months ago

They can spin, crawl, and race — and at this school, they’re introducing students to the complex, creative world of coding. See how Ozobots help classrooms bring science to life.

Student Experience: Saving the Golf Team — and Other Ways I Learned to Lead

10 months ago

When she learned her golf team was shutting down, this student rallied support — then led it to record-breaking victory.

Student Spotlight: Michael Prieto on Science and Faith

11 months ago

“It’s not science OR faith. It’s science AND faith.” This is the story of Michael Prieto, an AOPS student in search of understanding and answers.

Their Final Project: Explain It to a Six-Year-Old

1 year ago

Before they can graduate, these high school seniors must face their toughest challenge yet: teaching a gym full of first graders about applied sciences.

Why Creativity Matters: A Parent’s Perspective

1 year ago

A well-rounded education means something different for every family. Hear why Andrew’s parents think creativity is at the core of learning success!

Student Spotlight: Brooke Campbell on Leadership

1 year ago

A leader sees what needs to change in the world… and finds a way change it herself. Watch Brooke Campbell’s inspiring story about how she’s bringing leadership to her school.

Making STEM Less Scary

1 year ago

Some schools simply teach STEM. At Lansdale Catholic High School, Mary Antoni is showing students how to use it to discover their strengths — and change the world.

Today in Class: Solve a Worldwide Crisis

1 year ago

What’s more difficult to manage — global issues or group work? Students at Holy Trinity School are learning how to handle both.

The State of PA vs. Your Favorite Novel: Mock Trials Bring Literature to Life

1 year ago

Nervous students. Fictional defendants. A real presiding judge. See how this program uses literature to fuel high-stakes courtroom showdowns.

The Answer to Question 3? Collaboration.

2 years ago

They come for the homework help. They leave with a deeper understanding of service. See how Homework Club is fostering mentorship across schools.

Ahead of the Curve – AOPS Students and the 2017 TerraNova Test

2 years ago

In 2017, AOPS students surpassed national testing averages as well as their own scores from previous years. Check out their results in our latest infographic!

Student Experience: How I Became a Risk-Taker (and a National Merit Finalist Along the Way)

2 years ago

Caroline Curtiss learned more than how to take tests — she gained the confidence to take risks. Discover her path to becoming a National Merit Finalist.

Taking Lessons Outside, Rain or Shine

2 years ago

Assumption Academy has a new approach to immersive education: taking the classroom outdoors, rain or shine, every day. Here’s why (and how) teachers are getting students in touch with some very messy subject matter!

The Alumni Experience: Choosing Catholic Education Three Times

2 years ago

Steve Clement’s parents were AOPS sweethearts. He was an AOPS student. Now he’s helping to direct AOPS enrollment. Find out why our academics, athletics, and service kept bringing him back!

Why Attention Matters: A Parent’s Perspective

2 years ago

The benefits of individualized attention stretch far beyond the classroom. This AOPS mom explains her relief in finding school faculty who feel like family.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Visual and Performing Arts at AOPS

2 years ago

The visual and performing arts are big business — which is why AOPS schools are positioning students for careers in design, dance, music, and more. Get the full details in our latest infographic!

Why Leadership Matters: A Parent’s Perspective

2 years ago

How can children benefit from learning leadership skills? This AOPS parent explains how her daughter gained the confidence to speak up for others.

How to Get Your Child Engaged in New Languages and Cultures Today

2 years ago

Empathy begins with understanding. Here are 5 ways to get your child engaged in new cultures and languages today.

The Best Seat in the Classroom

2 years ago

Wobble stools and yoga mats: see how this school is using flexible seating to improve focus and foster independence.

Why Investment Matters: A Parent’s Perspective

2 years ago

What does investment mean for an AOPS school parent? One Philly mom shares her story about weighing the options — and the costs — of her kids’ school choices.

How Augmented Reality Is Transforming the Way We See Classrooms

2 years ago

From interactive videos to talking worksheets, augmented reality is changing the way students engage with and explore new concepts. See why some experts predict that AR will change the face of education.

Why Values Matter: A Parent’s Perspective

2 years ago

Schools do more than provide knowledge — they instill values. This AOPS parent shares the values she sought in order to find the right school for her six children.

Bringing Literature to Life

2 years ago

From creating Shakespeare-themed song lists to writing poetry by deletion, Daniela Fazio is finding new ways to connect today’s teens with classic works.

Field Trips of the Future

2 years ago

Ocean floors, outer space, and beyond. See how Google Expeditions is helping one AOPS school bring lessons to life.

Meet the People of AOPS

3 years ago

Hardworking faculty and staff are the heart of AOPS. Here, eight employees share stories about their careers, challenges, and proudest moments.

Teacher Spotlight: Inspiring Through Art

3 years ago

From graffiti-style portraits to exhibitions, Madison Blyler uses art to help students find and develop their voices. Here’s what she had to say about building community through St. Laurence School’s thriving art program.

INFOGRAPHIC: A Breakdown of TerraNova Success

3 years ago

In 2016, AOPS students went above and beyond to surpass local and national testing averages. Here’s the breakdown of their achievement!

A Fresh Take on the Freshman Experience

3 years ago

Being a freshman doesn’t have to be scary. This AOPS high school is getting upperclassmen to bring new students on board with fun and style.

Teacher Spotlight: The Power of STEM

3 years ago

A full-fledged lab is just one of the ways David Heacock is inspiring his students to pursue a passion in the sciences.

INFOGRAPHIC: AOPS Achievement by the Numbers

3 years ago

Scholarships, student-teacher ratios, and more! Get a quick look at the numbers behind our amazing schools.

Teacher Spotlight: Strength by Example

3 years ago

Moira Catherine Whalen is an example of someone who has been pushed to go above and beyond — something she brings to her classroom every day.

Teacher Spotlight: Rocking Robotics

3 years ago

For the last five years, Matt Jurkiewicz has been showing AOPS students the possibilities of robotics. As the coach of team “E=mCD,” he’s inspiring achievement.

Technology Trailblazers

3 years ago

Kathi Szymborski remembers huddling with her students around a TI-99/4A computer to learn about technology. That was 1981, a lot has changed.