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West to seek AP STEM grant
Process began with invitation
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Forsyth County News

The AP STEM Access program is such a competitive grant, high schools must be invited to apply.

Fortunately for West Forsyth, the College Board has selected it among 31 Georgia schools to apply for the grant, which would help fund additional Advanced Placement courses for STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses.

“We are honored,” said West Principal Betty Pope of being selected to apply. “This is a reflection of our outstanding faculty, student body and the work ethic of both.

“Our application for this grant reflects a strong desire to continue the goals of growing the AP program, increasing the number of students participating, and scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on the exams, while raising the quality of instruction.”

If West’s application is accepted, the school would receive funding to offer additional Advanced Placement classes, which offer college credit to students who score highly on the test.

For a school to be eligible to apply, it needs to have a population of underrepresented students, including minorities and female students, who were academically prepared for an AP STEM course that wasn’t offered there.

Nationally, 800 schools have been tapped to apply for the program, funded through a $5 million grant from Google’s Global Impact Awards.

West was the lone local high school chosen. Neighboring Cherokee and Gwinnett counties also had schools selected.

In a statement, State School Superintendent John Barge noted how “Advanced Placement courses offer the rigor and relevance we need to ensure students are ready for whatever they choose to do after high school.”

“Having more access for our students to take courses in the STEM fields will help us meet students’ needs and the expectations of colleges and employers,” he said.