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Enrollment in college-level courses soars in HSV City, Mad. Co. high schools

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009-Press Release

  HUNTSVILLE – Enrollment in college-level Advanced Placement* (AP) courses in math, science and English is soaring at schools participating in an initiative supported by A+ College Ready. Gains for participating schools from the Huntsville and Madison County school systems were announced today during a news conference at Columbia High School. KEY RESULTS
  • Huntsville City program schools have 756 enrolled in AP math, science and English courses this school year – up from 540 the year before. That’s a 40 percent increase.
  • Madison County program schools have 1,197 enrolled in AP math, science and English courses this school year – up from 229 the year before. That is more than 5 times as many enrollments as the year before.
 In addition, 52 AP teachers participated in professional development during the summer, and more than 300 pre-AP teachers have begun training to help strengthen instruction. "This program supports teacher professional development, and we applaud teachers that commit to teaching AP courses, but the end result is successful students.  AP courses establish the rigor, discipline and learning format for critical thinking that's the foundation for success in the workplace," said Tony Jones, Boeing VP Huntsville Business Operations. "A+ College Ready helps meet the growing workforce needs of the Huntsville business community."  Boeing leads a group of 15 Huntsville-area businesses that have pledged $832,000 to The Schools Foundation – toward a $1 million goal – to support the A+ College Ready initiative. The A+ College Ready program high schools from the Huntsville system are Columbia, Huntsville and Lee. Also, Butler and J.O. Johnson high schools are participating in the pre-AP component, called Laying the Foundation. “We are very excited about this new program for our high schools”, said Dr. Ann Roy Moore, Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools. “This will provide both the opportunity and incentive for many of our students to advance their academic goals.” The A+ College Ready program high schools from the Madison County system are Buckhorn, Hazel Green, Madison County and Sparkman. New Hope High School is participating in the pre-AP component, called Laying the Foundation. “These enrollment gains show that our students are ready and willing to take on the challenge of these rigorous classes,” said Madison County Superintendent Dr. Terry Davis. “The AP teachers show strong commitment too, and I have high expectations for this year. I am grateful to all the donors that have made this possible.” Program schools receive training and incentives to help them expand their AP programs, and, to ensure long-term success, teacher training in pre-AP courses extends down to the sixth grade. AP teachers attend weeklong Summer Institutes, get coaching from experienced and successful AP teachers and receive stipends to compensate them for the extra time and work involved in teaching AP. Financial incentives are available to teachers, students and school leaders to recognize the increased work required and academic progress.  A+ College Ready plans to reach 80 schools during the five-year grant. Expansion districts added for the 2009-10 school year are Birmingham City, Huntsville City and Madison County. A+ College Ready, a division of the A+ Education Partnership, works to increase the number of young Alabamians who are prepared to succeed in math- and science-related majors in college. A+ College Ready is implementing a proven Advanced Placement training and incentive initiative in public schools throughout the state.  The first group of schools posted an 81 percent gain in passing scores on AP exams in math, science and English. Minority students in those schools increased their passing scores by 67 percent. A+ College Ready’s major funders are the National Math and Science Initiative, the Alabama Power Foundation, The Boeing Company, ExxonMobil Corporation, and Regions Financial Corporation. For more information, please visit The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was formed to address the declining numbers of students equipped for careers in math and science, a trend posing a great economic and intellectual threat to the nation. The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program has three main goals: To increase the number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement math, science and English courses; to increase the number of students earning passing scores on AP exams in those subject areas; and to increase the number of students attending and graduating from college with degrees in math and science.  NMSI's primary donors are the ExxonMobil Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For more information, please visit  The Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create higher expectations and widespread community support for the three public school systems in Madison County Alabama, leading to world-class performance of principals, teachers and students.  The foundation serves as an advocate and leading organization for community engagement, as well as a vehicle for individuals and businesses to support public education.  The Schools Foundation donors for this initiative include The Boeing Company, Science Applications International Corporation, RBC Bank, AZ Technology, Redstone Federal Credit Union, System Studies and Simulation Inc., ERC Inc., Compass Bank, Belzon, First Commercial Bank, WILL Technology Inc., Westar, COLSA Corporation, Public FA Inc., and Dynetics Inc.  For more information, please visit      *Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. 
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