More students in Leyden Community High School Dist. 212 are enrolling in Advanced Placement coursework as a result of a partnership between the district and Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), officials said at the board’s Thursday, Aug. 17 meeting.
Springfield is among 14 districts in Illinois selected to take part in a statewide initiative with Seattle-based Equal Opportunity Schools, a nonprofit that partners with high schools and helps identify students capable of taking more rigorous coursework and strengthening schools’ AP programs.
The Belleville schools are part of 48 Illinois high schools and 10 Missouri high schools working towards equal representation with help from an organization called Equal Opportunity Schools.
For the past year, District 204 has been working with the nonprofit group Equal Opportunity Schools to guarantee all college-bound juniors and seniors – no matter their race or income level – have the opportunity to succeed in challenging high school courses, such as AP.
Springfield School District 186 saw the number of high school students enrolled in AP courses skyrocket by more than 40 percent after they retained Equal Opportunity Schools last year.