FFCHS STAFF AND STUDENTS
Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight Placed on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
A Record 547 School Districts Across the Nation Are Honored
Fountain-Fort Carson School District (one of only 10 districts in Colorado) is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. This is a milestone year for the AP District Honor Roll, and more districts are achieving this objective than ever before. Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. Since 2012, Fountain-Fort Carson High School (FFCHS) has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.
The District is very proud of the post secondary options available to our students. FFCHS students had 464 AP exams in 2014 of which 233 of these exams qualified the student for college credit. The qualifying scores increased by over 100% from the prior year. The staff and students have worked extremely hard to improve the qualifying rate quickly. The District also offers numerous post secondary classes at FFCHS. The total for both AP and post secondary options for 2014 was a whopping 3,042 college credits earned. Data from 2014 show that among African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating. The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. The District and FFCHS are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
“The devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity. When coupled with a student’s hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes, whether building confidence, learning to craft effective arguments, earning credit for college, or persisting to graduate from college on time.” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “We applaud your conviction that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”
Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.
In 2014, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.
The complete 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.
EDUCATING CHILDREN OF COLOR CONFERENCE
The 8th Annual Educating Children of Color Summit will take place on January 17, 2015 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. The Summit is designed for educators and school staff, juvenile justice professionals, high school youth and their parents. The Summit's mission is to “dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline for children of color and children in poverty, through education. “
The cost for professionals is $25 and that money is returned to youth in the form of scholarships. There is no cost to parents or youth. The Summit has awarded $74,000 in scholarship money to high school juniors and seniors over the course of the last 7 years. Also, 70+ laptops have been given away to youth in attendance. The day counts as eight contact hours and professional participants can pay an additional $27.50 to get .5 of a graduate credit from Adams State University.
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Professional Development Opportunities
Town - Fountain Middle School
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Post - Abrams Elementary
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 8