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Tuesday, November 1 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Project Accelerate: A University – HS Partnership Bringing AP® Physics 1 to Underserved Students

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A panel of high school teachers/liaisons and university faculty will share their experiences with a partnership program (Project Accelerate) bringing AP® Physics 1 to underserved students in schools that do not offer AP® Physics as part of the school program of study. Project Accelerate blends together supportive formal structures from a student’s home school, a private online course designed specifically with the needs of underserved populations in mind and small group recitation and laboratory experiences. Funding for this program has been increased and Project Accelerate is looking to increase the number of partner sites.

Underserved high school students in many communities don’t have access to Advanced Placement® courses because of low student enrollment and lack of trained teachers. Project Accelerate serves as a model offering a solution to a significant national problem of too few underserved high school students having access to high quality physics education, resulting in these students being ill prepared to enter STEM careers and STEM programs in college.

Boston University is in the second year of piloting this model with four Boston Public Schools (BPS) high schools and three small suburban high schools. The course is structured to work seamlessly with a typical high school schedule with assessments designed to encourage early success. Students receive midterm progress reports, quarterly grades and AP credit on their high school transcript. During the 2015-16 academic year, thirty weeks into the pilot year, we have an 88% retention rate, 90% recitation attendance, and an average course GPA of 3.3.


Mark D. Greenman

Research Fellow and Teacher in Residence, Boston University


Annie Le

Outreach Coordinator and Program Liaison, Urban Science Academy – Boston Public Schools

Anne De Barros Miller

Program Director and Program Liaison, Community Academy of Science and Health, Boston Public Schools

Juanita Shaffer-Ratzlaff

HS Program Liaison, Madison Park Technical HS

Tuesday November 1, 2016 9:45am - 10:35am EDT
Conference Room 210