The Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) was one of the 2011 AP Incentive Grant Program recipients from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant aims to increase the participation rates of low-income and underrepresented students in Advanced Placement (AP) STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and English courses.
The HIDOE was awarded $1.88 million to conduct "Hawaii AP Incentive Program" comprised of 25 schools who will partner with College Board, community agencies and businesses to ensure that our low-income and underrepresented students have access to haigh quality AP courses and support systems that promote their educational success.
The following high schools have committed to participate in the 2011 Hawaii AP Incentive Program:Aiea High School, Baldwin High School, Hana High School, Hilo High School, Honokaa High School, Kahuku High School, Kailua High School, Kaimuki High School, Kau High School, Keaau High School, Kealakehe High School, Kohala High School, Konawaena High School, Lahainaluna High School, Maui High School, McKinley High School, Molokai High School, Nanakuli High School, Pahoa High School, Waiakea High School, Waialua High School, Waianae High School, and Waipahu High School.
Major Grant Activities will include:
- Increasing the number of AP classes including expansion of online AP courses;
- Providing extended opportunities for tutorial support for students;
- Partnering with the College Board to secure an “AP Certification” for our teachers;
- Engaging students with hands-on instructional opportunities in the fields of English, Math and Science;
- Increasing parent outreach and student supports;
- Providing AP Enrichment Opportunities, such as AP “Brain Camp” and Saturday Prep Sessions;
- Increasing the participation and performance of our students on AP exams and;
- Developing a core of 35 Master AP teachers to mentor new AP teachers.