Nearly 1 million students miss out on advanced classes

Equal Opportunity Schools is working to change that, and make classes more accessible

*This article originally appeared on the WCNC Charlotte website.

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According to Equal Opportunity Schools, or EOS, every year, nearly one million students of color and low-income high school students are ready to take Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and other advanced courses, but these students are not enrolled. 

Equal Opportunity Schools works with schools and districts to deliver a research-based survey that helps schools better understand students’ aspirations, strengths, and barriers to succeeding in advanced coursework. Insights from the survey are used to design an action plan to engage students, cultivating a greater sense of belonging and a support system of trusted adults to ensure they succeed. The result is that more students show an interest in — and sign up for — advanced high school courses.

As part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s (CZI) goal to equip teachers with the research, tools and partners they need to center students’ well-being in support of academic achievement and success, they’re committing $3million to Seattle-based nonprofit Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS). EOS partners with school districts nationwide to help identify students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with the potential to succeed advanced high school courses like AP and IB. EOS school partnerships have added more than 53,000 students of color and low-income students to advanced courses.

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