The AP Program offers willing and academically prepared high school students the opportunity to study at a college level, enabling them to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for college success.
Dr. Dana T. Bedden, Superintendent of Schools notes, “In Irving ISD we want to ensure that all of our students get the same opportunity to succeed. In a diverse district like ours, this new program will encourage some students who may not have seen AP courses as an option to challenge themselves as they prepare for post-secondary education. All of our data indicates that students who take an AP course do better in college. We continue to expand our AP offerings and to increase the number of students taking AP courses as part of our efforts to make more students college and career ready.”
These three schools will start the new AP STEM courses in fall 2013 and will make a commitment to offer new AP courses for a minimum of 3 years to enable them to become an integral part of the overall array of AP course offerings within the school.
The funding for this AP STEM Access program was awarded by Google to DonorsChoose.org with the $5 million grant as part Google’s new Global Impact Awards, which provides support to organizations using technology and innovative approaches to tackle some of the world’s toughest human challenges.