February 12, 2021
Since its inception in 2018, the Princeton ArcPrep program at Trenton Central High School has excelled in introducing high school sophomores to architecture, urbanism, and integrated design studio practices. Recognizing the high caliber of work coming from the program, the high school is now designating ArcPrep as an Advanced Placement class—a ranking higher than an honors course.
At Trenton Central High School, grades for honors courses receive a weight of 1.1, whereas Advanced Placement course grades receive a weight of 1.2, for the purpose of GPA calculation.
"Princeton ArcPrep continues to grow and develop its capacity to create an exceptional educational experience with the guidance of Mr. Scott Munro, the STEM chair at TCHS, and through the great leadership and support of Ms. Deirdre Brown and Ms. Mary Courtney, our Vice-Principal and Principal, respectively,” says Jorge Orozco Gonzalez (M.Arch '11), Architectural Design Fellow and Program Instructor since 2019. “This news is especially a reflection of the effort and hard work that our students have put into the course. This classification will allow even greater outcomes for the ArcPrep program, and we are very thankful for everyone's contribution to that.”
Princeton ArcPrep aims to diversify the field of architecture by providing comprehensive support, guidance, and academic and cultural enrichment to students who are typically underrepresented in American architecture schools and thus the profession of architecture. A rigorous academic program, Princeton ArcPrep helps participating students develop skills, knowledge, and awareness related to careers in architecture and to aid in college readiness. ArcPrep students are selected for their academic standing and interest in architecture.
In 2020 ArcPrep received continued support from an $8,500 grant from LENNAR – We Care Foundation and a $5,000 grant from Trenton Public Education Foundation and NJM Foundation.
More information about the program can be found at: soa.princeton.edu/arcprep
Below is a selection of work from the Fall 2020 ArcPrep class.
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