Commitment to Model
Selected schools agree to follow the same NMSI College Readiness Program Elements of Success now underway in dozens of public high schools across Kentucky (and several other states). The goal of the program is to strengthen the teaching of AP® mathematics, science, and English (MSE) courses (listed below), to build enrollment and dramatically increase rigorous new learning as evidenced by the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on AP® exams in these important subjects.
Submission of Application
There are narrative and data portions of the application materials. An application is considered incomplete without receipt of both formats. The application review process will take place over the summer to select sites to visit this Fall. Preference will be given to schools that are in a position to initiate or dramatically grow their AP® programs in math, science and English, particularly for underrepresented student populations. This includes a commitment to strengthening their pre-AP® programs. This may include large and small schools that seek to add or significantly increase enrollments in AP® courses in math, science, and English relative to the size of their school.
Eligible AP® Courses
AdvanceKentucky coursework includes AP® Math exams in Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, and Statistics; and AP® Science exams in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1 and 2, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism and Physics C: Mechanics; and AP® English exams in English Language and English Literature. The AP® Capstone Seminar and Research courses also may be eligible.
Informational Visits Offered to Interested Schools
The AdvanceKentucky team is traveling the state each summer to meet with any schools interested in learning more about the program elements and dramatic results among the 100+ schools that have already experienced the program. To schedule an informal visit to your school/district, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Review and Site Visits
Upon submission and review of the school application, the process includes various site visits to brief the school team on the details and answer questions on the Elements of Success, and follow-on visits by the AdvanceKentucky content staff to meet one-on-one with their peer content teachers.
Letter of Agreement
Eligible applicants are invited to participate in AdvanceKentucky, contingent on available funding each year. Upon mutual understanding, a school may be invited to negotiate a Letter of Agreement with Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation to participate in AdvanceKentucky beginning with activities associated with the following school year.
Traditionally, the new Cohort is announced in the Spring/Summer prior to activities associated with the first full academic year in the program. This includes recruiting students, planning for any new AP® classes and AP® and Pre-AP® teacher training over the summer.
Availability of Funding
Overall funding is limited each year in total amount and by donor guidelines that may restrict the use of funds. We offer this early alert to applicants that while we work year-round on fundraising, we may not be certain of the total amount available to support new schools until the Spring. Because optimal start-up activities that provide a school with the best chance of success need to begin well before a school prepares its new-year schedule, we find it essential to conduct the selection process often before total funding is secured.
How to Apply
All interested schools may begin the application process by completing the application packet below. Completed applications should be sent to Anthony Mires attention at email@example.com. If you have interest in joining AdvanceKentucky please contact us to schedule an informal visit to your school/district.
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