ROYERSFORD – Female students, and some minority students, at Spring-Ford Area Senior High School are expected to benefit from its involvement in a new program that encourages them to participate in higher-level – known as advanced placement (AP) – courses covering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
Spring-Ford already has 277 students, 119 females and 158 males, enrolled in STEM courses. That number should grow as it becomes involved in AP STEM Access, a $5 million program funded by a grant from Google to schools nationwide to start more than 500 new math and science courses around the country by Fall 2013. Spring-Ford was chosen to participate because some of its students were determined to be academically ready for AP STEM courses it wasn’t offering.
Because of the program, experts estimate an additional 10,000 students across the country will have an opportunity to study college-level STEM coursework for the first time.
The program gives willing and academically prepared high school students a chance to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for college success. Locally, it will provide about $7,100 to support Spring-Ford’s launch of the class, professional development, classroom materials and other related expenses. Principal Patrick Nugent said Google’s money will help the high school add to its AP offerings. Twenty-six students have signed up for the new class so far.
“Spring-Ford is focused on offering its students a thorough selection of STEM courses because the evolving and changing professional world requires those who are well-versed in 21st century skills,” district Superintendent Dr. David Goodin said.
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