Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the United States Department of Education has awarded the Dunkirk City School District $311,285 for expansion of the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) programs.
“Expanded educational programs lead to opportunity,” said Congressman Higgins. “This funding will give our young people here in Dunkirk the tools to broaden their knowledge base and become better prepared for higher education and the professional world.”
This federal funding is provided through the US Department of Education’s Advanced Placement Incentive Program which provides grants to eligible entities to enable them to increase the participation of low-income students in both pre-AP and AP courses and tests.
The Dunkirk City School district will use these funds to expand AP course offerings at Dunkirk High School and implement a pre-AP program in English, mathematics and science to prepare more students with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve success in higher level courses. In addition, this will allow Dunkirk Schools to expand professional development training for all middle school mathematics teachers and strengthen professional development offered to AP instructors.
According to The College Board, a non-profit organization formed in 1900 whose mission it is to connect students with higher education, students who take two or more Advanced Placement classes are twice as likely to graduate from college in four years or less than students who do not take any AP classes.
The Advanced Placement Program allows students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Nearly 15,000 schools worldwide participate in the AP Program, including 60 percent of U.S. high schools. One in three high school graduates takes an AP course in high school. In 2005, more than 1.2 million students worldwide took more than 2.1 million AP Exams.