A+ College Ready Announces 13 New Participating High Schools and Middle Schools in 2024-2025 School Year

Welcome to Cohort 17 A+ College Ready Schools!

In the 2024-2025 school year, students from multiple Alabama public school districts will be able to participate in A+ College Ready, a statewide initiative that partners with secondary schools to develop a diverse pipeline of students prepared for success in college, career, and life through expanding access Advanced Placement (AP) and other challenging coursework in grades 6-12. Participating schools receive high-quality training, incentives, supplies, curricular materials, student study sessions, AP exam subsidies, and other ongoing support through two different offerings, listed below.

Middle and high schools joining the APTIP and MSTIP ALSDE/A+ College Ready Program for Cohort XVII are:

Ashville High School, St. Clair County
Bessemer City High School, Bessemer City
Bessemer City Middle School, Bessemer City
Citronelle High School, Mobile County
Cullman High School, Cullman City
Curry Middle School, Walker County
i3 Academy Middle School, Birmingham
Lynn High School, Winston County
Northridge High School, Tuscaloosa City
Odenville Middle School, St. Clair County
Pike Road Junior High School, Pike Road City
Russellville High School, Russellville City
Sumiton Middle School, Walker County

The AP Training and Incentive Program (APTIP): Schools receive support for Advanced Placement students and teachers, as well as training, supplies, and incentives for ALL teachers in grades 6-11 in math and grades 6-10 in science, English, social studies, and computer science. The Alabama State Department of Education has partnered with A+ College Ready for more than 15 years to develop this initiative, serving the majority of Alabama’s high schools during that time.

Middle School Training and Incentive Program (MSTIP): In addition to the APTIP, A+ College Ready also offers a program focused solely on middle schools. These schools receive the same training and support to raise academic expectations and to increase rigor in middle grades to ensure students are ready for their high school curriculum.

“A+ College Ready is honored to announce our Cohort XVII Program Schools. Each of these schools has expressed a deep commitment to increasing academic expectations in their schools for ALL students. We look forward to a fruitful partnership resulting in students better prepared for future success,” said Tammy Dunn, Vice President for Academic Affairs, A+ College Ready.

With the help of A+ College Ready, Alabama consistently ranked number one among all 50 states in the percent increase in AP qualifying scores on math, science, and English AP exams from 2008 to 2017 for all students. Additionally, Alabama saw the largest number of qualifying scores on AP tests by students of color in the state’s history in both 2020 and 2022. In 2023, students earned the highest number of qualifying scores in Alabama history. Since 2008, Alabama students have saved over $300 million in college tuition thanks to college credit for qualifying AP exam scores.

“We are thrilled that Ashville High School has the opportunity to partner with A+ College Ready. This partnership will allow the teachers at Ashville High School the opportunity to grow professionally. Our students will be challenged in the classroom and connected to resources through this partnership,” said LeAnn Ford, Principal, Ashville High School.

“This partnership with A+ College Ready is exciting for our school. I envision a culture of empowerment, in which all students have access to engaging and rigorous curricula across subject areas and in which teachers are provided all the training and materials they need to make it happen,” said Joe Bruister, Jr., Principal, Citronelle High School.