Global Scholars Institute
The Global Scholars Institute, unique to Oakbrook Preparatory School, is a rigorous curriculum path designed to help students develop a depth of knowledge in specific content areas that will prepare them to excel in an increasingly global society. The Oakbrook community is diverse; there are numerous families at Oakbrook who conduct business regularly in Asia and Europe. Some of our students choose to study abroad, take a gap year, or do an internship overseas. The Global Scholars Institute opens the doors to opportunities abroad by allowing students to earn the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID). The APID is a universal endorsement of high academic standards accepted worldwide by institutions of higher education. GSI graduates receive special recognition on their transcripts and an award at graduation signifying their outstanding academic accomplishment.
- Brady Jackson, Duke University
Brady received the Brown Watson scholarship to attend Duke University. At Oakbrook Brady successfully completed 10 AP classes and started college with several credits already complete. As a pre-med major, Brady was drawn to the Global Scholars institute because he wanted to take the most rigorous coursework available to prepare him for college. Brady is happy he completed the GSI because he has wanted to attend Duke University since he was in the fourth grade.
- Tobias Krusig, Eckerd College
Tobias received the Presidential Scholarship to attend Eckerd College. At Oakbrook Tobias successfully completed 8 AP classes and started college with several credits. Having German roots and speaking two languages, Tobias was drawn to the global focus of the GSI coursework. He is glad he was able to complete the Global Scholars Institute because it helped prepare him for college and earn $50,000 in scholarships.
- Adam Rollins, University of South Carolina Honors College
Adam, a Palmetto Fellow and National Merit Finalist, received a full ride to attend USC Honors College. At Oakbrook Adam successfully completed 9 AP classes and 10 AP tests. He started college at a sophomore standing based on credits already earned while at Oakbrook. The opportunity to get a jumpstart on his college credit was a major appeal for Adam Rollins, who credits the program with allowing him extra flexiblility in college to explore a variety of courses outside his desired major and study abroad.
AP International Diploma
To earn an APID, students must earn grades of three or higher on at least five Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the following content areas:
- Languages: Two AP exams from two different languages selected from English and/or world languages
Oakbrook’s options include: AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Spanish Language, or AP German Language
- Global Perspective: One exam offering a global perspective
Oakbrook’s options include: AP World History, AP Art History, AP Human Geography, or AP Macroeconomics
- Math/Science: One exam from the sciences or mathematics content areas
Oakbrook’s options include: AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, or AP Physics
- Other: One or two additional exams from any content area other than languages
Oakbrook’s options include: AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art, AP Music Theory, or one additional math or science course