PR AWARD # : S330C060090
AWARD AMOUNT: $921, 082
Grantee: City of Birmingham Board of Education (AL)
Contact: Elaine N. Hill
Phone Number: 205-231-7641
The Tapping Academic Potential (TAP) project will increase the successful participation of students attending 8 high-poverty high schools in pre-AP and AP courses in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. TAP activities will include: 1) professional development to strengthen teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogy; 2) the implementation of the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum in English and mathematics; 3) outreach and educational programs for parents on college planning and preparation, as well as the importance of rigorous academic courses; and 4) student mentoring and tutoring provided by volunteers from Links, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha, and 100 Black Men.
PR AWARD #: S330C060050
AWARD AMOUNT: $207, 393
Grantee: Yavapai County Education Service Agency (AZ)
Contact: Fred Czarnowski
Phone Number: 928-771-3544
This project will increase the participation of students in pre-AP and AP courses in English, mathematics and science at five rural schools with large concentrations of low-income students. Yavapai County Education Service Agency will provide training and coaching for pre-AP and AP instructors and create and support school-based vertical teams that will work together to plan standards-based lessons, analyze assessment results and student work, share best practices, and develop individual intervention plans for struggling students. Community members also will be recruited to serve as mentors and role models for participating students.
PR AWARD #: S330C060049
AWARD AMOUNT: $764, 878
Grantee: AVID Center (CA)
Contact: Linda Powell-McMillan
Phone Number: 858-623-2843
The goal of this project is to increase the number of low-income and underrepresented students who enroll and succeed in AP courses and tests. This project will: 1) support student literacy development in both pre-AP and AP courses; 2) introduce more project based learning activities that address national standards in both science and mathematics; 3) change the “college going” culture that students experience in middle and high school; 4) prepare teachers to implement instructional strategies that support student success; and 5) expand access to pre-AP and AP courses. High-poverty middle and high schools in the Worcester (MA) Public Schools, Ysleta (TX) Independent School District, and Colton (CA) Joint Unified District will participate in the project.
PR AWARD #: S330C060074
AWARD AMOUNT: $707, 066
Grantee: San Diego City Schools (CA)
Contact: Barbara Pflaum
Phone Number: 858-573-8895
The San Diego City Public Schools AP Collaborative program includes a group of schools, universities, community organizations, and business partners working together to ensure that low-income students have access to high quality Advanced Placement (AP) courses support systems that promote their educational success. Through this comprehensive approach, the district’s highest poverty schools will receive: 1) professional development and ongoing teacher support; 2) supplementary educational opportunities for students; and 3) support for parent outreach and education.
PR AWARD #: S330C060144
AWARD AMOUNT: $292, 621
Grantee: West Contra Costa Unified School District (CA)
Contact: Cynthia LeBlanc
Phone Number: 510-620-2193
West Contra Costa Unified School District will implement a comprehensive initiative to increase participation in pre-AP and AP courses at six of the district’s lowest-performing schools. Project activities will include teacher professional development, intensive college guidance and counseling, tutoring, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs, and a parent involvement program that will be provided by the Parent Institute for Quality Education.
PR AWARD #: S330C060177
AWARD AMOUNT: $871, 595
Grantee: Delaware Department of Education (DE)
Contact: Mercedes Ferrari
Phone Number: 302-735-4260
The Delaware Department of Education will implement a comprehensive initiative to build the capacity of 15 high schools and 18 middle schools with high concentrations of low-income students to prepare and support students to be successful in AP English, mathematics, and science courses. The project will develop vertical learning communities in which middle and high school teachers plan together to align state content standards and the requirements of AP courses with the necessary pre-AP content knowledge, skills, and study habits. It will expand existing AP English, mathematics, and science course offerings and establish new ones in the targeted high schools. Mentoring, extended-day programs, Saturday morning tutoring, and summer academies will be offered to new AP students. Volunteers provided by the Simmons Memorial Foundation will encourage students to enroll in AP courses, and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League will help educate parents about the need for a rigorous academic curriculum and how they may support children taking AP courses.
PR AWARD #: S330C060092
AWARD AMOUNT: $249, 360
Grantee: Friendship Charter School (DC)
Contact: Michael Cordell
Phone Number: 202-675-9060
Friendship Public Charter School will develop, enhance, and expand AP programs at its high school, the Collegiate Academy, and pre-AP programs at its two feeder middle schools. It will double the number of AP courses it offers from 5 to 10, provide pre-AP courses to all middle school students, and improve the alignment of its high school and middle school curriculum through vertical teaming. To improve the academic preparation of students, the school will offer tutoring and academic support after school, on Saturdays, and during the summer. Students who enroll in AP courses will receive additional help through an online academic support system. Friendship also will establish an AP Diploma program to recognize students who take 5 or more AP courses, and offer other incentives to students who succeed in AP courses and have perfect attendance records.
PR AWARD #: S330C060172
AWARD AMOUNT: $773, 906
Grantee: Collier County Public Schools (FL)
Contact: Susan Ashbridge
Phone Number: 239-377-0088
Collier County Public Schools will develop, enhance and expand pre-AP and AP course offerings in 3 high-poverty high schools and their 4 feeder middle schools. Project strategies include: improving the alignment of the middle and high school curriculum, providing intensive professional development to teachers, the development and implementation of comprehensive tutorial plans in English, mathematics, and science, and an outreach initiative that will provide information to students and their parents in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole.
PR AWARD #: S330C060130
Grantee: School District of Lee County (FL)
Contact: Jean Campbell
Phone Number: 239-337-8348
The School District of Lee County will assist 2 high-poverty high schools and their 2 feeder middle schools in developing and expanding pre-AP and AP course offerings. One of these high schools offers no AP courses, while the other offers only one course. Project strategies include the development of an early identification program to encourage students to pursue more rigorous courses, implementing a “Lightning Academy” to provide focused pre-AP instruction to freshmen and sophomores, and delivering online AP courses through the Florida Virtual School.
PR AWARD #: S330C060067
AWARD AMOUNT: $954, 745
Grantee: Chicago Public Schools, District 299 (IL)
Contact: Trudy Wallace
Phone Number: 773-553-1785
Chicago Public Schools will carry out a comprehensive program to establish and expand pre-AP and AP programs in 6 high schools and 18 feeder middle schools with large populations of low-income students. The project will implement Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs and the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum in English and mathematics in all target schools. Each of the targeted high schools will increase their AP course offerings in English, mathematics, and science over the 3-year project period. Students will receive tutoring and academic support throughout the school year and through summer programs.
PR AWARD #: S330C060057
AWARD AMOUNT: $346, 097
Grantee: Louisiana Department of Education (LA)
Contact: Ken Bradford
Phone Number: 225-763-5575
A joint effort of the Louisiana Department of Education and Louisiana State University (LSU), the Louisiana Advanced Placement Academy will improve the preparation for, and successful participation in, AP courses by students attending 9 high-poverty middle and high schools from across Louisiana. The Academy will develop and deliver new pre-AP and AP courses in English, mathematics, and science through the Louisiana Virtual School using a hybrid instructional model, as well support the participating schools in developing their own AP courses. Intensive professional development and support will be provided to assist the schools in implementing vertically aligned pre-AP and AP programs for all of their students. Faculty advisors from LSU and other institutions of higher education will provide the schools with ongoing technical assistance. LSU and Southern University undergraduate and graduate students will offer tutoring services to the schools’ students. The participating schools are located in the East Baton Rouge, Vernon, and Washington Parishes and the Baker School District.
PR AWARD#: S330C060186
AWARD AMOUNT: $186, 418
Grantee: Calcasieu Parish School System (LA)
Contact: Eva Savoy
Phone Number: 337-882-0234
The Calcasieu Parish School Board will develop, enhance, and expand pre-AP and AP programs in 7 high schools and 11 middle schools with high concentrations of low-income students. New AP courses in English, history, mathematics, science, and the arts will be offered through online and classroom-based instruction. In addition to providing intensive professional development to teachers and counselors, Calcasieu also will create vertical teams of middle and high school teachers to better align its core academic curriculum to help more students acquire the skills they need for success in AP courses.
PR AWARD #: S330C060138
AWARD AMOUNT: $493, 512
Grantee: Ouachita Parish School System (LA)
Contact: Pamela Barton
Phone Number: 318-396-6287
The Ouachita Parish School System will implement a comprehensive initiative to increase the number of low-income students who participate successfully in AP courses. To improve the preparation of students for more rigorous coursework, it will establish Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs in its middle schools and pre-AP courses in its middle and high schools. New AP courses in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Physics will be offered in two high schools that currently offer no AP math or science courses. Incentives will be offered to teachers for completing the professional development required to teach the new AP courses, and faculty members from the University of Louisiana at Monroe will provide ongoing coaching and mentoring. Students from Grambling University, Louisiana Tech, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe will provide tutoring to high school students enrolled in AP courses. Oauchita also will offer students incentives for earning a score of 3 or higher on AP exams.
PR AWARD #: S330C060149 AWARD AMOUNT: $150, 000 Grantee: Maine Department of Education (ME) Contact: Wanda Monthey Phone Number: 207-624-6821
The Maine Department of Education will work with high schools with high concentrations of low-income students to develop, expand and enhance new and existing AP courses and increase the number of students who successfully participate in AP courses and exams. Project strategies include: 1) the implementation of the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum and the Agile Mind mathematics support program; 2) intensive professional development for teachers and counselors; 3) offering new AP courses through distance education; and 4) providing supplemental tutoring and academic support to AP students during the summer and throughout the school year.
PR AWARD #: S330C060053
AWARD AMOUNT: $975, 163
Grantee: Board of Education of the City of St. Louis (MO)
Contact: Sterling Cossaboom
Phone Number: 314-345-4473
The St. Louis Public Schools Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) will have a significant and lasting impact on the district's culture and instructional strategies for increasing and maintaining academic rigor and high levels of academic achievement among its low-income students. Specifically, the project will increase the number of low-income students who enroll in and succeed in AP courses and tests. The APIP project will be implemented in 10 different high schools and 20 feeder middle schools, all of which serve high proportions of students from low-income families and that score well below proficiency on Missouri academic assessments.
PR AWARD #: S330C060141
AWARD AMOUNT: $613, 701
Grantee: Ronan School District (MT)
Contact: Lana Hunter
Phone Number: 406-676-3390
In partnership with the Rocky Boy School District, the Ronan School District will implement a comprehensive program, Advanced Placement Across the Rockies, to increase the successful participation of low-income and Native American students in AP courses. Project strategies include the implementation of the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum, technology-based instruction in core content areas, and research-based literacy instruction for students whose reading skills are 2 or more years below grade level. New AP course offerings in English, mathematics, and science also will be created.
PR AWARD #: S330C060088
AWARD AMOUNT: $311, 285
Grantee: Dunkirk City School District (NY)
Contact: Joanne Russo
Phone Number: 716-366-9300
The Advancing AP project will expand AP course offerings at Dunkirk High School and implement a pre-AP program in English, mathematics, and science to prepare more students with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve success in higher-level courses. Other project activities include providing professional development for all middle school mathematics teachers and strengthening the professional development offered to AP instructors.
PR AWARD #: S330C060085
AWARD AMOUNT: $770, 757
Grantee: East Orange School District (NJ)
Contact: Brenda Veale
Phone Number: 973-266-5776
This project aims to provide students in high poverty and low performing schools with the preparation and opportunity to take rigorous and advanced courses. Project goals include: 1) raising the achievement levels of students in the participating middle and high schools by enhancing the rigor of core curricula and supporting the implementation of research-based instructional strategies in these subject areas; 2) providing enhanced opportunities for students to pursue advanced coursework by increasing the number and enhancing the rigor of pre-AP and AP courses in the core subject areas of English, math and science; and 3) providing the support systems students need to succeed in rigorous coursework and raise their aspirations to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities.
PR AWARD #: S330C060143
AWARD AMOUNT: $609, 825
Grantee: Passaic Public Schools (NJ)
Contact: Lawrence Everett
Phone Number: 973-470-5520
Advanced Passaic (AP) seeks to increase the successful participation in advanced placement courses and tests – and ultimately higher education – of the overwhelmingly low-income student population in the Passaic Public Schools. AP will expand the rigor of middle and high school pre-advanced placement programming to enable the predominantly low-income students to achieve high standards in English, mathematics, science, and other core subjects. The outcomes of this project include: increasing the numbers of students enrolled in AP courses; increasing the rigor of AP courses; and increasing the number and diversity of low-income students who enroll in and complete college preparatory programs.
PR AWARD #: S330C060075
AWARD AMOUNT: $460, 200
Grantee: International Baccalaureate Organization North America
Contact: Bradley Richardson
Phone Number: 212-696-4464
International Baccalaureate Organization North America will work with 42 high schools and 5 middle schools that receive Title I funds to increase the successful participation of low-income students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The project will develop and pilot a new system of support structures and services to improve the implementation of IB programs in Title I schools. Approximately 1,000 teachers and administrators and 30,000 students will be served by the project.
PR AWARD #: S330C060093
AWARD AMOUNT: $411, 841
Grantee: Niagara Falls City School District (NY)
Contact: Maria Chille-Zafuto
Phone Number: 716-286-4286
Niagara Falls City School District will expand its AP course offerings and establish an aligned pre-AP program to increase the percentage of students from economically disadvantaged and minority backgrounds that participate in AP courses. The AP initiative will increase the number of AP courses offered, including new core subjects, and at least one foreign language. Pre-AP courses will focus on accelerated mathematics to prepare students for higher-level science and mathematics in high school. Professional development for participating teachers will strengthen their delivery of AP and pre-AP content. Finally, a family component will target promising students from economically disadvantaged and minority backgrounds and encourage their participation in more challenging courses.
PR AWARD #: S330C060028
AWARD AMOUNT: $150, 000
Grantee: Syracuse City School District (NY)
Contact: Michael Puntschenko
Phone Number: 315-435-4025
The overarching goal of the proposed project is to develop, refine, and disseminate a comprehensive system to raise the academic expectations and achievement of underserved students across the school district. This project proposes to implement an Advanced Placement Incentive Program that revitalizes the district’s 10 middle school programs and 4 high school programs. The API Program will benefit approximately 11,000 students, 280 teachers, 40 counselors and 30 administrators in each of the three project years.
PR AWARD #: S330C060148
AWARD AMOUNT: $549, 297
Grantee: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC)
Contact: Wandra Polk
Phone Number: 919-807-3817
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will increase pre-AP and AP course offerings in high schools and their feeder middle schools in 20 of the state’s lowest-wealth school districts. Middle and high school teachers will participate in professional development in vertical teaming to increase the rigor of pre-AP courses and to align the curriculum in core academic subjects. To increase the number of AP courses available in the targeted high schools, teachers will participate in College Board-endorsed professional development in their certification areas. Pre-AP summer academies will be offered at approximately 61 Title I middle schools to strengthen students’ reading, writing, and study skills. In collaboration with LEARN North Carolina, the project will update 6 existing online AP courses and develop a new Chinese language program that will begin in middle school and culminate in an AP Chinese Language and Culture course. Up to 15,000 students enrolled in the participating school districts will have access to these courses.
PR AWARD #: S330C060132
AWARD AMOUNT: $283, 317
Grantee: Guilford County Schools (NC)
Contact: Ann Barr
Phone Number: 336-370-2316
Guilford County Schools’ Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) will promote the success of all students in AP courses. The focus of this project is to develop a cadre of well-qualified teachers in 9 middle schools and 5 high schools to support students in the classes that precede AP courses. In addition to extensive professional development for teachers in varying levels of advanced courses, the APIP project will provide extra help for students enrolled in AP courses.
PR AWARD #: S330C060080
AWARD AMOUNT: $461, 622
Grantee: Oregon Department of Education
Contact: Salam Noor
Phone Number: 503-378-3600
The Oregon Department of Education will increase pre-AP and AP course offerings in English, mathematics, science, and social studies at up to 50 high-poverty high schools and middle schools, including rural schools and schools that have been identified for school improvement. High schools and their feeder middle schools will construct vertical teams in the core academic subjects with the goal of preparing students to participate in AP courses at the high school level. Online pre-AP and AP courses will be offered to participating schools through the Oregon Virtual School District. Each school will provide on-line mentors to work with students to ensure their progress. A summer academy will be offered to participating students to improve their academic skills and assist them in planning for college.
PR AWARD #: S330C060146
AWARD AMOUNT: $313, 195
Grantee: Charleston County School District (SC)
Contact: Denise Zacherl
Phone Number: 842-720-2994
The Charleston Advanced Placement Strategy (CHAPS) project will work with 10 high-poverty high schools and their feeder middle schools serving more than 10,000 students to improve the academic preparation of their students for rigorous coursework and expand the availability of AP courses in English, mathematics, and science. Schools that have been identified for school improvement or corrective action will be the project’s focus during its first year. To equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in AP courses, CHAPS will implement Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs, the College Board’s SpringBoard curriculum, and provide intensive professional development to teachers. By the end of the project period, students in each of the targeted high schools will have access to at least three AP courses in English, mathematics, and science.
PR AWARD #: S330C060091
AWARD AMOUNT: $639, 188
Grantee: Lancaster County School District (SC)
Contact: Paul McKenzie
Phone Number: 803-416-8807
This project aims to increase pre-AP and AP participation, especially among low-income students. The major emphases of this project are: 1) to incorporate Springboard, which is an integrated system of professional development, vertical teaming, and rigorous instructional modules; 2) to expand AP course offerings (both classroom-based and online), based on input from students, teachers, parents, and administrators; and 3) to improve academic achievement and leadership awareness, which will be comprised of sessions designed to promote peer support for achievement, strengthen critical thinking skills, and expose youth to postsecondary educational opportunities.
PR AWARD #: S330C060120
AWARD AMOUNT: $638, 875
Grantee: Memphis City Schools (TN)
Contact: Ann Barr
Phone Number: 336-370-2316
This project aims to: (1) broaden and improve access to AP courses by all students with potential to succeed in advanced studies; (2) improve instructional quality; and (3) provide support for students who enroll in challenging coursework at either pre-AP or AP levels. Memphis will serve over 27,505 students in 26 high schools and will provide high-quality professional development to 200 teachers and 500 administrators each year.
PR AWARD #: S330C060029
AWARD AMOUNT: $630, 883
Grantee: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (TN)
Contact: Sandra Johnson
Phone Number: 615-259-8762
Project Pathway to College (PTC) will increase pre-AP and AP course offerings in English, mathematics, and science in 6 high schools and 14 middle schools that serve large concentrations of low-income students. The number of AP courses offered in the targeted high schools will increase by 100 percent over the 3-year project period. To help students participate successfully in a rigorous curriculum, the project will implement a comprehensive student support system that includes counseling, research-based academic interventions, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs, and summer skill-building workshops. Intensive professional development will be provided to prepare teachers to deliver pre-AP and AP courses and support student success.
PR AWARD #: S330C060176
AWARD AMOUNT: $713, 654
Grantee: Eagle Academies of Texas (TX)
Contact: Terry Antoine
Phone Number: 254-752-0441
Eagle Academies of Texas, a network of charter schools, will implement a statewide initiative to prepare 2,500 middle and high school students attending 24 charter schools for successful participation in pre-AP and AP courses and exams. Student Opportunities for Advanced Readiness (SOAR) will increase online pre-AP and AP course offerings in the participating schools, provide tutoring and academic advising to students both before and after school, deliver professional development and coaching to 200 teachers, and support college awareness and participation activities for students and their parents. The participating schools are: (1) the Eagle Academies located in Abilene, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Del Rio, Fort Worth, Laredo, Lindale, Lubbock, Midland, Mission, Pharr, San Antonio, Trinity, Tyler, and Waco; and (2) the Richard Milburn Academies located in Amarillo, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Killeen, Lubbock, Midland, and Odessa.
PR AWARD #: S330C060170
AWARD AMOUNT: $383, 700
Grantee: IDEA Academy, Inc. (TX)
Contact: Tracy Epp
Phone Number: 956-464-0203
IDEA Public Schools, a district of open enrollment charter schools located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas that serve predominantly low-income students, will implement the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and a comprehensive pre-AP curriculum in its middle schools and expand AP course offerings in its high schools. Teachers will participate in intensive professional development and extended day tutoring and AP summer camps will be offered to support student success.
PR AWARD #: S330C060079
AWARD AMOUNT: $607, 587
Grantee: Kenedy Independent School District (TX)
Contact: Jim Nichols
Phone Number: 830-583-9500
The Kenedy Advanced Placement Initiative (KAP-I) program is designed to expand and enhance the current pre-AP program in the districts' middle and high schools. There are three major goals for KAP-I: 1) to create a supportive advanced study culture by hiring counselors to support student success and college planning and preparation; 2) to encourage students to take more rigorous classes by identifying and recruiting 5th-10th graders for the pre-AP and AP programs; and 3) to increase the number of highly qualified district teachers by providing professional development, in-service training, workshops, and networking opportunities.
PR AWARD #: S330C060073 AWARD AMOUNT: $317, 098
Grantee: Evergreen School District #114 (WA)
Contact: Anne Sosky
Phone Number: 360-604-3400
To increase the successful participation of low-income, limited English proficient and minority students in AP courses, Evergreen School District will implement an AP preparatory curriculum in English, mathematics, science, and social studies in two middle schools and a large comprehensive high school. Project strategies include the implementation of an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, improving the alignment of middle and high school curriculum, and the implementation of Reading Apprenticeship adolescent literacy instructional strategies in the core content areas.