Chancellor Fariña Announces 63 High Schools to Offer New Advanced Placement Courses for 2016-17 Through AP for All

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AP for All Initiative Will Support New Courses and Training and Support for Educators and Students

35 of the Selected Schools Currently Have No AP Courses

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced today that this fall, 63 high schools will offer new Advanced Placement courses, including 35 that offered no AP courses during the 2015-16 school year. The expansion comes in the first full year of the AP for All Initiative, one of the eight initiatives in Mayor de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence agenda. The goal of AP for All is to increase college readiness among New York City students; research has shown that the rigor of these courses and exams better prepare students for college. Through AP for All, 75 percent of high school students will have access to at least five AP classes by fall 2018 and all high school students will have access by fall 2021. The initiative will cost $51 million annually when fully scaled in fall 2021, and about $21 million for the 2016-17 school year.

The 63 selected high schools currently offer few or no AP courses and have demonstrated readiness to begin offering additional AP coursework. They include 20 high schools in the Bronx, 22 in Brooklyn, 15 in Manhattan, and six in Queens. Among the 63 high schools, 39 schools across 12 high school campuses will utilize a “campus model,” sharing courses with co-located schools to provide increased opportunity across the school building. In 2016-17, the 63 high schools will offer 118 additional AP courses, including 52 in STEM subjects.

“AP for All is going to expand rigorous, challenging coursework at all of our high schools, and the first expansion to 63 high schools represents exciting progress,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is a critical part of our work towards equity and excellence for all New York City public school students, across all our neighborhoods and boroughs.”

“AP for All is a critical part of bringing equity and excellence to all our high schools, and this expansion will make a real difference for students at 63 schools next year,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Through our Equity and Excellence agenda, we are laser-focused on putting all our students on the path to college and careers, and I look forward to the work ahead of us.”

Administrators and teachers from the selected high schools will receive rigorous, subject-specific professional development this spring and summer, including an AP Summer Institute, and ongoing workshops and support provided by the DOE and external partners throughout the 2016-17 school year. Additionally, 750 students from these high schools have been invited to participate in a new two-week summer enrichment session to prepare them for greater success in new AP courses. AP for All students will also receive support throughout the school year, including weekend study sessions providing up to an additional 20 hours of learning, review, and opportunities to take practice AP exams.

As part of AP for All, the DOE has also identified over 100 schools for pre-AP support starting this spring and continuing through the 2016-17 school year. These high schools offer few or no AP courses, and also need additional support to strengthen student and teacher readiness. The pre-AP support will focus on strengthening student instruction across high schools, and identifying and providing professional development to potential AP teachers for the 2017-18 school year and beyond.

“I want my students to have access to as many opportunities as possible that prepare them for college and their future careers.  Access to AP courses will be invaluable for my students, offering a rigorous level of work that challenges them as if they’re college students,” said William Johnson, principal of the Academy of Medical Technology in Queens. “Working with the other schools on the Far Rockaway Educational Campus, we’ll offer four AP courses – and we’ll have the resources and support around these courses that we need to best serve our students.”

“Through AP for All, my school will get the support and training to offer AP courses in STEM subjects, enabling us to offer a full slate of AP courses for the first time,” said Andrew Higginbotham, principal of the Young Women’s Leadership School in Manhattan. “I’m really excited about this expansion because, in the AP courses we currently offer, I see my students reaching a new level of commitment and drive to meet college-level standards and earn college credit. When I hear back from graduates, many say that their experience in our AP courses has prepared them for their college coursework.”

While the number of New York City students participating in AP has increased 40.1 percent over the past five years, there are still over 100 schools without AP offerings. Additionally, while AP participation and performance have increased across all ethnicities, a lower percentage of Black and Hispanic students take and pass AP exams than their Asian and white peers. To address these populations, AP for All will build on the DOE’s AP Expansion program, which brought new AP courses to over 70 schools since 2013.

The 63 high schools receiving new AP courses are:


Bronx Leadership Academy II
New Explorers High School
Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports
Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology
Pelham Lab High School
Schuylerville Preparatory High School
Bronx River High School
Lehman High School
Westchester Square Academy
Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies
Bronx Leadership Academy High School
Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy
Bronx School of Law and Finance
World View High School
High School for Teaching and the Professions
Bronx Theatre High School
Bronx Academy of Health Careers
High School for Contemporary Arts
Explorations Academy
Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School


ACORN Community High School
PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers
High School for Legal Studies
High School for Enterprise Business and Technology
Frances Perkins Academy
Secondary School for Journalism
Sunset Park High School
The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance
Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice
FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety
High School for Civil Rights
World Academy for Total Community Health High School
Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School
The School for Classics: An Academy of Thinkers, Writers and Performers
The High School of Sports Management
Kingsborough Early College Secondary School
Life Academy High School for Film and Music
Origins High School
Professional Pathways High School
Bushwick Leaders High School for Academic Excellence
New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III (AMSIII)
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III


Marta Valle High School
The Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women
Manhattan Business Academy
Manhattan Academy For Arts & Language
Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
Unity Center for Urban Technologies
Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School
High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry
The Global Learning Collaborative
Innovation Diploma Plus
The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem
The College Academy
High School for Media and Communications
High School for Law and Public Service
High School for Health Careers and Sciences


Civic Leadership Academy
Pan American International School
Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School
Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology
Academy of Medical Technology: A College Board School
Young Women’s Leadership School, Astoria

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