The Kenyon Academic Partnership is an early college program in which 27 central and northern Ohio public and independent secondary schools offer various Kenyon College introductory level courses on their own campuses. The program not only permits students to earn college placement and credit before leaving high school but imitates as closely as possible a college environment in the nature and scope of reading, writing, and laboratory assignments, and the process or atmosphere of a college class.
The Kenyon Academic Partnership, KAP, is a collaborative educational project between Kenyon College and selected secondary schools in Ohio. KAP seeks to provide good students with college-level courses taught in their schools and supported by Kenyon faculty. Through these courses students can experience the intellectual challenges that will enhance their pre-college education and prepare them for successful and enriching college careers. Finally, KAP seeks to create a common educational ground for Ohio's public, private, and parochial students and faculty, one that will address students from all backgrounds and all economic levels.
Kenyon's standards in the courses are maintained in a number of ways: teachers in the schools are appointed by Kenyon, departmental representatives from the college visit and evaluate classes in the schools, course materials and methods are developed jointly by teachers from Kenyon and the schools, teachers exchange student written work for cross-grading exercises, and admission of a student to a course requires acceptance by Kenyon.
Over 1,500 students are enrolled in KAP courses each year. These are taught by 120 KAP teachers at 34 participating KAP schools in central and northern Ohio.
The program offers courses in all areas of academic inquiry including work in Digital Art, Drawing 1, Art History, Drama, Photography, European History, American History, African American History, American Studies, English Literature, Political Science, French, Spanish, German, Psychology, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and Neuroscience.
The program is supported by student fees and annual fees from the participating schools. A scholarship program is available to assist eligible students.