We’re setting students on a new life trajectory.
Enrolling in AP or IB courses can be life-changing for many underrepresented students—who are black, Latino/a (and other races), and/or low-income—and benchmark students—who are medium/high-income, white, and Asian. Equal Opportunity Schools is proud of the tremendous success of our partner districts and schools—and, most importantly, of the students they serve.
Through the implementation and integration of our program, Equal Opportunity Schools has identified 36,000 (and counting) students of color and low-income students-among active partners, from our inception, to enroll in AP or IB courses. During the 2017-18 academic year, we identified 10,250 students of color and low-income students, who are now taking advanced courses and are on the path towards college and career success.
The students we reach succeed and thrive.
Student Profile: Jodeci
Student Profile: Carl
Carl is an 11th grader who was in low-level classes despite his capability for advanced course work. When his school participated in Equal Opportunity Schools, Carl successfully upgraded to his school’s most rigorous classes.
“I’ve accomplished things this year that I never thought I could. The truth is that not many people get the chance to move up—Equal Opportunity Schools has given me the chance of a lifetime.”
Student Profile: Anna
“I try to get A’s because I know I’m capable of doing it…I [also] wanted to be a mentor because I can be the one person like, ‘AP, it’s not hard.’ If a freshman or a sophomore says it, that’s going to make other people be like, ‘Then we should try it too.’”
– Anna, 10th Grader, Chicago Metro
Student Profile: Bruno
“Teachers in AP classes don’t want you to fail. My AP Econ and Gov teacher makes study sessions all the time before we’re going to take a unit test. My AP Calculus and AP Physics teacher…whenever you have a question you can just go up to him and he’ll sit down at lunch and explain to you.”
– Bruno, 12th Grader, Southern California
Student Profile: Cecilia
“Teachers and peers see your grades, and say, ‘Oh, you do really good, you should consider AP,’ and you take that advice because you know them on a personal level and you trust them.”
– Cecilia, 10th Grader, Southern California
Student Profile: Mason
“…I play football and one of the guys [on the AP student panel] plays football too. I knew he wouldn’t lead me in the wrong direction. So, I told myself, ‘why don’t I take a leap of faith’ – so I took that leap of faith.”
– Mason, 12th Grader, Ventura County District
Student Profile: Dora
“The encouragement that was given helped me a lot…[My teacher] didn’t have a favorite student so it made you feel welcome. Some kids aren’t really comfortable with speaking. I know my teacher respected that.”
– Dora, 11th Grader, Atlanta Metro
Student Profile: Samuel
“I was glad I took AP. As you catch on, as you’d practice more, you start understanding it more and it’s something unique. It made me feel like that at the end of it I gained a lot of knowledge and like the vocabulary because it was really different compared to honors, especially the way the teacher talks…”
– Samuel 10th Grader, North Carolina High School
Student Profile: Hannah
“I discipline myself to work hard no matter what academic obstacle comes my way. I had little to no education freshman year, if anything it was poor since there was no money to ship books and materials to me, and I continue to struggle because of it. However, I do not use it as an excuse to not work even harder than most of the students at school.” – Hannah, 11th Grade, Ventura County District
Student Profile: Catalina
“I’m glad I took an AP class because I got to meet new people from different countries. I met a girl from Cuba and another one from the Dominican Republic. And you just learn about different cultures and it’s very interesting. You work together on group projects and it helps you understand it better. If you don’t get something, maybe your partner gets it and then share ideas.”
– Catalina, 11th Grader, Chicago Metro HS
Student Profile: Elliana
“Someone came in to school [and] talked with us about AP classes. She showed me the apple on my profile…[where] a teacher said they thought I could take it [an AP class]…that was the point where I was like, ‘If they think I can take it, maybe I can’, and that’s what got me to sign-up.”
– Elliana, 11th Grade, Northern IL High School
Our partner districts make incredible strides.
Roseville Joint UHSD
“Bottom line…this stuff works! It works because EOS is not a canned program. A consultant works with your sites, with their unique needs and issues, to help them develop and execute a concerted plan to reach students you have not been able to reach before. The strategies vary from school to school. It is more work. And, after the first year, with minimal cost for support from EOS, those plans are still generating results. But, the benefits of our relationship with EOS are almost impossible to put into words.”
– Ron Severson, Superintendent, Roseville Joint UHSD
Sterling High School
Sterling High School has been searching for a systematic way to expand their Advanced Placement Program to reach students they knew we were missing.
“Last year, with the help of EOS we closed our gap and this spring those students will take a school record 490 Advanced Placement tests, up from 321 tests in the spring of 2016. To prepare our students for these exams we have developed a calendar of review sessions and weekend practice test in every one of our 16 courses, this was a suggestion from our surveys with EOS. While closing the gap and increasing our tests given are great, the best part of our EOS partnership is how are new AP students now view themselves as not just college bound, but college prepared.
– Jason Austin, Principal, Sterling Public Schools
Leyden School District 212
“After working with Equal Opportunity Schools for the past two years, the results for our students at Leyden have been both rewarding and encouraging. Students we have recruited for advanced placement courses have performed as well or better than students who self-selected in both class grades and AP test performance. EOS has helped us instill confidence in our students, change mindsets of families, and most importantly, open the doors of opportunity.”
– Nick Polyak, Superintendent, Leyden School District 212
Indian Prairie District 204
“Indian Prairie District 204 has had a long commitment to educational equity. We have worked in partnership with our parents and community to address the achievement gaps evident in our schools. But it is also a moral imperative to close the opportunity and access gaps that exist. Partnering with Equal Opportunity Schools has given us the tools, structure and the coaching necessary to move our schools toward further closing one of those access and opportunity gaps, the Advanced Placement gap, with our underrepresented groups. We simply would not be where we are without this partnership. If a district is serious about this work (and all should be), you will not regret joining hands with EOS.”
– Karen Sullivan, Superintendent, Indian Prairie School District
San Jose Unified School District
San Jose Unified School District more than doubled the number of students of color and low-income students in AP and IB with no drop-in AP/IB exam pass rates.
“I recommend Equal Opportunity Schools to other Superintendents because of their substantial impact on equity and college readiness for all students—and their efficiency in getting this critical work done.”
– Don Iglesias, Superintendent, San Jose Unified School District
Federal Way School District
Federal Way School District has more than doubled the number of students of color and low-income student in AP with no negative impact on test scores.
“Equal Opportunity Schools helped us go from good to great in our ability to challenge kids.”
– Dr. Joshua Garcia, Deputy Superintendent, Federal Way School District
San Jose Unified School District
San Jose Unified School District more than doubled the number of students of color and low-income students in AP and IB with no drop in the AP/IB exam pass rates.
“Finding all our missing students with Equal Opportunity Schools was the highlight of my forty-year career as a teacher and principal.”
– Dorothy Kennedy, Principal
Campbell Union High School
Campbell Union High School District worked with EOS in a previous school year to close enrollment gaps at Branham High School. This year, EOS is partnering district-wide, to close enrollment gaps at 5 Campbell Union High Schools.
“I’m happy to talk with other Superintendents about the great work of Equal Opportunity Schools. Their team values our existing efforts and success. They’ve given us tools and information and achievable ways for us to improve by building on what’s already working well in Campbell Union High School District.”
– Pat Gaffney, former Superintendent