Cohort 8 Achieves Program Milestone of 100+ Schools

Nine (9) more public high schools have been invited to participate in the newest cohort of AdvanceKentucky, which supports schools in implementation of the National Math and Science Initiative College Readiness Program under a partnership between Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation.  This successful program involves content-rich teacher training and extensive support and incentives for students and teachers for achieving qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams in math, science and English in an open enrollment environment. Click here for the ‘Elements of Success’ comprising this proven model.

The Cohort 8 high schools invited to participate beginning with the 15-16 school yea
r include:

Bardstown Independent; Bullitt East; Jefferson County: Doss, Jeffersontown, Pleasure Ridge Park;Somerset Independent; Spencer County; Union County; and Webster County.

Among the students in these schools an average of 53 percent are eligible for free/reduced lunch and 25 percent are minority (African American and Hispanic).

Click here for a list  or map of all 101 AdvanceKentucky schools. 

AdvanceKentucky is funded in 2014-15 by public and private sources, which include the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Berea College, James Graham Brown Foundation, ExxonMobil/Initiative for Military Families, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Council on Postsecondary Education, and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation.   AdvanceKentucky was founded by a major grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), which is supported by ExxonMobil, Dell and Gates Foundations, Lockheed and others. AdvanceKentucky has previously received federal grants from ARC and from US Department of Education Race to the Top grant through KDE.

Advanced Placement courses are offered in calculus, statistics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, English language and English literature.

Schools interested in applying to AdvanceKentucky for Cohort 9 may find application materials and eligibility guidelines on the website. Or email for more information.

With the close of the 12-13 school year, the first cohorts of schools will be graduating to the AdvanceKentucky Partner Program, which provides ongoing access to key elements in support of students and teachers.

Be sure to check out the 2014 AP Honor Roll of schools/districts recognized by College Board for both growth and performance.    

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