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Three Long Island schools get AP grants to assist females, minorities

Bay Shore High School is on Third Avenue

Bay Shore High School is on Third Avenue in Bay Shore. (July 13, 2011) Credit: Erin Geismar

Three Long Island schools were among more than 800 nationwide named as part of an advanced placement  program created to increase the number of minority and female high school students who participate in AP courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

Bay Shore High School, Harborfields High School and Sayville High School were among the 51 schools statewide selected for the program. STEM is funded by a $5 million grant from Google as part of its Global Impact Awards to, according to College Board officials who made the announcement Tuesday.

College Board will partner with DonorsChoose to work with AP teachers in qualifying schools to help them with classroom resources and professional development they need to start new courses. Grants will vary from $1,200 to $9,000 depending on course subject. College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables high school students to pursue college-level studies and earn college credit.

Schools were chosen because they have historically had a population of underrepresented students who were academically prepared for an AP STEM course that is not offered by their school.

“The Harborfields Central School District is excited to be one of only three districts chosen on Long Island to participate in the AP STEM Access program. We will research the possibilities this holds for our district and, as always, look forward to providing our students with new and challenging academic opportunities,” Harborfields Superintendent Diana Todaro said in a statement.

Participating schools will start the new AP math and science courses in fall 2013 and will commit to offering these courses for at least three years.

Google’s Global Impact Awards support organizations using technology and other approaches to tackle world challenges.

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