‘Legacy Schools’ improve marks, AP enrollment
The number of students at Central, Fruita Monument and Grand Junction high schools who earned Advanced Placement test scores that qualify them for college credit at most institutions of higher education increased by 47 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.
The three District 51 high schools, along with 10 Front Range high schools, received grant funding from the Colorado Legacy Foundation last year and will continue to receive funding this year and next school year. Fruita Monument and Grand Junction were among seven schools that piloted the program beginning in 2010-11. Central was added to the list of Legacy Schools in 2012-13.
The Denver-based, education-focused nonprofit Legacy Foundation provides about $10,000 to each participating school each year of the three-year funding cycle for schools to purchase technology and equipment to expand their Advanced Placement class offerings and enrollment. The foundation also pays half of the cost for students to take Advanced Placement exams in English, math or science; gives students $100 for each passing score on those tests; pays teachers to conduct Saturday study sessions and funds professional development for those teachers.
Central, as the new school on the list, had the largest increase year-over-year in 2012-13 of both students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and students who earned a college credit-qualifying score of three or better on the AP tests’ five-point scale. Advanced Placement enrollment grew by 89 percent, going from 127 students in 2011-12 to 240 in 2012-13. The number of Central students who earned a three or better on AP tests in English, math or science jumped 80 percent, from 60 in spring 2012 to 108 in spring 2013.
This spring, Fruita Monument increased AP enrollment by 26 percent year-over-year to 305 students. The school improved the number of passing AP scores by 47 percent year-over-year to 227 in spring 2013.
Grand Junction High School’s AP enrollment jumped 57 percent in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12, reaching 322 students. The number of qualifying AP test scores collected by GJHS students went from 154 in 2012 to 204 in 2013, an increase of 32 percent.
The number of qualifying AP test scores at all 13 Legacy Schools improved by 70 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Helayne Jones said that jump means an extra 522 high school students got the chance to earn college credit this year through AP exam scores.
“The Colorado Legacy Schools initiative is about changing the culture of learning environments so that every student has the opportunity to receive the support they need to succeed in AP coursework,” Jones said in a press release.
The Legacy Foundation is expanding its programming to 10 more high schools this school year, including Delta High School.