As part of the effort to close the acheivement gap in the District, the three highs schools that offer Advanced Placement coursework to students have engaged in an effort to increase equitable enrollment in those classes and ensure all students have opportunities to succeed at the highest level.
This two-year undertaking to increase equity is supported by ACT and the ICCSD Foundation and began during the 2017-2018 school year. The three high schools worked with Equal Opportunity Schools to implement a program which is geared to offering underrepresented students the opportunity to move toward increased academic rigor, engagement, and eventually college access.
Steps in the program include:
Identifying students academically eligible, but not pursuing advanced courseowork;
Engaging underrepresented students that could benefit from AP and Honors classes and matching them to courses that align with their interests and support their academic and career goals;
Implementing an outreach and advocacy plan with administrators and staff to enroll more underrepresented students and provide them with needed support; and
Measuring outcomes and monitoring success.
During the 2018-2019 school year, the EOS program will continue. The schools will build on the momentum of the first year, continuing to focus on equitable access to courses that can better prepare students for what happens beyond high school.