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Abstract Title: Project Accelerate: A Scalable University – HS Partnership Bringing AP® Physics 1 to Underserved Students
Abstract: Nationally, underserved high school students have little access to quality physics education, resulting in these students being ill prepared to enter STEM careers and STEM programs in college. Project Accelerate serves as a model solution, blending supportive formal structures from a student's home school, a private online course in AP Physics 1, and small group recitation and laboratory experiences on campus.

Boston University has completed one year of piloting this model with four Boston Public Schools (BPS) high schools and three small suburban high schools. The course schedule mirrors a typical yearlong high school AP Physics 1 course, with assessments designed to encourage early success. Students receive midterm progress reports, quarterly grades, and AP credit on their high school transcript. During the 2015-16 academic year, we had an 88% retention rate, 90% recitation attendance, and an average course GPA of 3.3. The program will be expanding in the second year.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mark D. Greenman
Department of Physics, Boston University
590 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 6173586729
Fax: 6173539393
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrew Duffy, Department of Physics, Boston University
Bennett B. Goldberg, Department of Physics, Boston University