By Debbie Kelley, The Gazette | October 19, 2016
Advanced Placement courses are getting even cooler at five Pikes Peak region high schools. Atlas Preparatory School in Harrison District 2, Coronado and Doherty high schools in Colorado Springs District 11, Ellicott High School in Ellicott District 22, and Falcon High School in Falcon District 49 won Colorado Legacy Schools grants to beef up those harder classes and make them appealing to students. “It’s about learning at an advanced rate,” said Greg Hessee, a director at Colorado Legacy Schools, a program of the Colorado Education Initiative. It’s also about changing the perception about who belongs in the classes, he said. It’s not just the brainy kids, but also those who typically have not been top achievers, such as students of color and students from poorer families. READ MORE>
By Nelson Garcia, 9NEWS | October 19, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS – For students like Zach LaCross, adjusting to school can be difficult. “Five different schools in seven years,” LaCross said. “This is the sixth actually.” LaCross is a senior at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs. Both his parents serve in the Air Force and he has moved from state to state from continent to continent. He says moving all the time has given him an uneven academic experience.
“You just kind of have to scrap everything you learned before that and relearn something new,” LaCross said. To address that, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Math & Science Initiative, and the Colorado Education Initiative’s Legacy Schools Program have teamed up to support schools serving large numbers of military families. Wednesday, a $2.3 million grant was announced to help students take more Advanced Placement courses. READ MORE >
By Kate Schimel and Leah Todd, High Country News | October 10, 2016
If you ask Colby Simpson, one of 35 seniors at Paonia High School, how many Advanced Placement classes he’s taken, he has to shuffle through a long mental list. He definitely took AP Biology, and is taking AP Calculus and Physics, but did he take AP U.S. History? He thinks for a moment to recall. That’s not a problem his oldest brother, Patrick, now 31, experienced: There were no AP classes at Paonia High when the elder Simpson sibling attended 15 years ago. With only 16 teachers, training faculty to teach nationally certified AP classes, and recruiting enough students to make them worthwhile, seemed unattainable for the tiny Colorado school. That changed in 2011, when the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), an education advocacy and research organization, launched the Colorado Legacy Schools project. The program funded innovative ways to increase the number and diversity of students taking AP classes. READ MORE >
By Melissa Reeves, YourHub – Denver Post | September 8, 2016
More Colorado students have an opportunity to succeed in Advanced Placement (AP) courses while strengthening their leadership skills and giving back to their local communities. With the help of a $20,000 grant from Bank of America, CEI’s Colorado Legacy Schools (CLS) program partnered with Colorado Young Leaders (CYL) to bring new opportunities to high school students.
While CLS provides academic supports for students to succeed in AP courses, CYL offers service, leadership, and adventure. READ MORE >
By Nelson Garcia, 9News | July 13, 2016
Life on the reservation can be difficult for students. Poverty and other issues are prevalent. But, a teacher in Durango believes teens’ lives can be changed by offering a new class. “Really, just all kids, girls and boys from all socio-economic levels, we want all kids to know that they can successful in rigorous curriculum,” Tara Haller, a Durango High School teacher, said Haller, one of 450 teachers from around the world attending the Advanced Placement for All Summer Institute put on by The Colorado Education Initiative’s Colorado Legacy Schools AP program. READ MORE>
By Caitlin Hendee, Denver Business Journal | May 5, 2016
Many Colorado business leaders concerned about education have been pushing to arm students with the skills they need to succeed in the workforce (and to become the workers that employers need). And lately, one key focus of that drive is to get more computer science classes into K-12 schools. Nationally, just one in four schools teach computer programming. Out of Colorado’s 485 high schools, students in only 55 of them took an AP Computer Science exam in 2015. And of the 661 out of Colorado’s 254,497 high school students who took the exam last year, just 72 qualified for a free and/or reduced lunch (a common measure of poverty), 67 were students of color and 57 were in rural schools. Only 51 Colorado female students took the AP Computer Science exam last year — less than 0.05 percent of Colorado’s female high school population. READ MORE >
By Jacob Klopfenstein, The Journal | April 28, 2016
Funding from the Colorado Education Initiative will give Montezuma-Cortez High School students more opportunities to enroll in Advanced Placement classes, Principal Jason Wayman said. The program is focused on getting more Native American students involved with math, science and language arts AP programs. But Wayman said he’s hoping more students of all backgrounds will participate. READ MORE>