osseo web logoFor the 11th year in a row, Osseo Area Schools saw a record number (232) of students earn AP Scholar recognition from the College Board, based on Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken during the 2017-18 school year.

Every year, the College Board recognizes high levels of achievement on AP exams. All three comprehensive high schools in the district offer AP classes; Park Center Senior High offers both AP and college-level International Baccalaureate classes.

The district’s comprehensive high schools reported a combined total of:

  • 144 AP Scholars - must earn a score of 3 or more on three or more AP exams.
  • 40 AP Scholars with Honor - must earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams.
  • 48 AP Scholars with Distinction - must earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams.

Daniel Du, Lucas Jackson, Christopher Kwon, Mathias Martinez-Zamora and Alec Nilson from Maple Grove Senior High (class of 2018) and Gabrielle Holton from Osseo Senior High (class of 2018) earned the National AP Scholar designation. The National AP Scholar award is the highest AP honor and is granted only to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

View the rosters:   AP Scholar  |  AP Scholar with Honor  |  AP Scholar with Distinction  |  National AP Scholar

Many post-secondary schools will provide college credit for AP scores of 3 or higher, depending on the subject and institution. This can save students money in post-secondary tuition and offer more room in their schedules to explore different classes, pursue a minor, or work toward a double major.

principal krueger and UND studentsFor Aaron Krueger, principal at Edinbrook Elementary, preparing the next generation of educators is important work.

That’s why Krueger and his staff welcomed 30 students from the University of North Dakota’s (UND) teaching program to Edinbrook this week for an up close look into elementary education. Now in its fourth year, Edinbrook’s partnership with UND is one that Krueger has cultivated in order to provide support to college students who will soon be seeking their first teaching jobs.

Krueger began each day on Oct. 8 and 9 with a brief orientation; students then spent the majority of their time in classrooms observing the work of Edinbrook’s teachers. In the afternoon, the group reconvened for a robust, 45 minute Q&A. This time together allowed UND students to share their classroom observations and ask Krueger questions on topics ranging from school curriculum to applying and interviewing for teaching jobs.

“I think our partnership with UND certainly fills a gap in teacher preparation,” Krueger explained. “Giving college students exposure to the real-life expectations of teachers helps them get ready to start their own successful teaching journeys.”

This year, approximately half of the students participating in the Edinbrook experience hailed from the Twin Cities and will likely seek teaching licenses in Minnesota, Krueger said. As a result of this opportunity, all students gained a first-hand look into teaching in Osseo Area Schools.

“I’m so proud of this partnership,” Krueger added. “It’s by far one of the best things I’ve been able to do during my career in education. It’s fun and meaningful, and I’m excited for this relationship to continue into the future.”

PHOTO: Edinbrook Elementary Principal Aaron Krueger meets with 15 teaching students from the University of North Dakota on Oct. 9.