|J. Sterling Morton High School District Cicero, Illinois|
|In 2016, we were named College Board AP District of the Year. In celebration, we held an assembly to recognize more than 2,300 AP students.
To earn this award, the district increased both participation and scores of 3 or higher more than any other medium-sized district in a three-year span.
Students are recognized in many ways for their efforts in AP courses, such as through “Strive for 5” t-shirts for students who score a 5 on an AP exam.
Since 2016, we have continued our equity work by partnering with EOS, and have seen continued growth in success and participation.
Our Reason for Tackling AP/IB Equity Work
Morton is a very large school district with 8300 students. We wanted to ensure that all students’ voices were heard and we wanted to ensure that any gaps were closed as quickly as possible.
The Most Inspiring Aspect of the Work
There are students that would not have had the AP experience without the EOS outreach plan that we developed. Students have come back to the buildings to thank us for the opportunities that would not have been available.
Who Benefits Most
The families of our communities are the group that has benefited the most. We have improved our outreach and communication plan to ensure all stakeholders are informed of the benefits that our AP program provides.
As you embark on your journey, continue to think outside of the box and have an open mind when working with your students and families on their AP adventure. Do not say “no” even to the craziest ideas and get feedback from all stakeholders.