Irving ISD is one of 487 districts across the country invited to participate in the AP STEM Access program, created to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented minority and female high school students who participate in Advanced Placement® courses in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. A $5 Million grant made from Google as part of their Global Impact Awards to DonorsChoose.org will make it possible for this program to invite Nimitz High School, MacArthur High School and Singley Academy to start new AP math and science courses and to encourage traditionally underrepresented minority (black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native) and female students who demonstrate strong academic potential to enroll and explore these areas of study and related careers.

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.

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