ROP courses provide students with a rich curriculum that has been aligned to state standards and evaluated by members of industry. Some courses meet the University of California’s visual and performing arts or elective requirements. Many classes include internships at local business and industry sites where ROP students continue to improve their problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and work attitudes. All ROP classes are designed to strengthen and broaden students’ secondary experience, and research shows that students who take ROP courses improve their grade point averages, feel a greater connection to learning, and are more successful in college and careers once they graduate.
ROP is accredited, classes are free to high school students, classes often meet only once or twice a week and offer 5 to 10 high school graduation credits.
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What’s so special about ROP?
Ask ROP student, Kassia Plotnik
What ROP classes are you taking and why?
Crime Scene Investigation, (CSI). I was in Forensics Science which is primarily inside, and I wanted to see what it’s like outside.
Emergency Medical Responder, (EMR). My friend was taking it and in talking to me about it, I saw the tie-in with CSI and law enforcement.
What were your expectations about what you were going to learn in these classes?
I never have high expectations, so I am usually not disappointed; I am open to learning. I thought the CSI class would be closer to the forensics class I was taking; it ended up being more outside – you actually go out to the scene of the crime whereas forensics is mainly in the lab. In my EMR class there is a lot of team work; I didn’t know it would be so stressful, but I like the adrenaline. There is a lot of human anatomy involved; we learn about systems and the science aspect in order to learn what to do in an emergency situation. More importantly, we learn what NOT to do in an emergency situation.
What do you enjoy most about your ROP classes?
In my CSI class, definitely Mr. Kirkwood, who is a really good teacher; he applies real world experiences to the lessons. In EMR my favorite thing is the team work; we bond with people. You have to do a lot of things together with clear concise communication. We have a sense of - we can save lives one day!
What are your immediate plans after graduation?
To enter into a criminal justice program in order to get into law enforcement.
How has ROP made a difference in your future plans?
I always wanted to be a vet, so I registered for ROP Animal Healthcare Internship. I didn’t get into that class but I did get into CSI. I still want to try for the animal care class because there is the potential for partnering with a K-9 in law enforcement. Brilliant!
What did you learn about yourself as a result of taking these ROP courses?
I’m very mature. In CSI you have to deal with dead bodies and you have to have a grown-up attitude; you can give closure to families. I want to make a change in my community. I’m a person that wants to be there for other people.