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GOOD NEWS: Local schools selected for AP funding

ATLANTA -- The College Board has selected 31 Georgia high schools to apply for funding for the new AP STEM Access program, which was created to increase the number of minority and female high school students who participate in AP programs. Among those selected were five local schools.

Those in Gwinnett County Public Schools eligible for funding include: Berkmar, Duluth, Mill Creek and Mountain View High Schools, as well as Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology.

The state superintendent said he "couldn't be more thrilled to see this many Georgia high schools selected to expand access to Advanced Placement courses."

Added John Barge: "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 expectations of colleges and employers. I encourage all of these schools to apply so more students have this access.

The schools that qualify were chosen because they have historically had a population of underrepresented students who were academically prepared for an AP STEM course that is not offered by the school.

They are part of more than 800 public schools from across the country being invited to apply for the program, thanks to a $5 million grant from Google as part of the company's Global Impact Awards to donorschoose.org.

Participating schools will start the new AP math and science courses in the fall, and will make a commitment to offer the new courses for a minimum of three years.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program enables "willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies -- with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both -- while still in high school."

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.