Nine APS high schools awarded AP Teacher Training Grants from Georgia State Board of Education

At the February 20, 2014, meeting of the Georgia State Board of Education, nine APS schools were among 258 high schools awarded Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher Training Grants for the training of AP teachers at the 2014 AP Summer Institutes. The awards amounted to a total of $13,300.00 given to schools.

The AP Teacher Training Grants were awarded to:

  • Booker T. Washington School of Banking, Finance, & Investment
  • George Washington Carver School of the Arts
  • Booker T. Washington School of Health, Science & Nutrition
  • Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Frederick Douglass High School
  • Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School
  • South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science
  • South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice
  • D.M. Therrell High School of Law, Government and Public Policy

Atlanta Public Schools offers AP classes on every high school campus.  Research shows that students who succeed in rigorous course work such as Advanced Placement are developing college-level knowledge and skills while still in high school. These students are more likely than their peers to earn college degrees on time, providing an opportunity to save significant amounts of money. The College Board’s 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, released earlier this month, shows that significant progress is being made in expanding both access to and success in AP.

Over the past decade, the number of students who graduate from high school having taken rigorous AP courses has nearly doubled, and the number of low-income students taking AP has more than quadrupled. Impressively, educators’ work to bring more students into Advanced Placement courses has resulted in a larger increase in the number of qualifying AP Exam scores (the scores typically required for college credit) than in the number of low AP scores.

“At the heart of the College Board’s mission is a commitment to ensuring that students have access to the opportunities they have earned,” said College Board President David Coleman. “While great strides have been made over the last decade to expand access to AP, we remain as committed as ever to ensuring that every student with the potential to succeed in an AP course has the opportunity to take one.”

Interested in an AP course that is not offered at your school?  Talk to your counselor about possible opportunities to take the class online. They can help you locate an approved online class provider, ensure that you receive the proper credit for any online coursework you complete, and help you work through any steps necessary for possibly taking the exam at a school other than your own.  View a full list of AP opportunities here: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse

About the Advanced Placement Program

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by faculty from some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores – more than 3,300 institutions worldwide annually receive AP scores. In the last decade AP participation and performance rates have nearly doubled. In May 2013, 2.2 million students representing more than 18,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took approximately 4 million AP Exams.

About the College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success – including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For further information, visit http://www.collegeboard.org.

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