State Board of Education Recognizes the Addition of 29 Schools to the ALSDE/A+ College Ready Program for 2016-2017

15 Apr 2016

Twenty-nine additional high schools across the state have been selected to participate in a successful statewide initiative, which will increase the number of students prepared for the challenge of college courses. 


This new cohort makes a total of 161 Alabama high schools in the ALSDE/A+ College Ready Program that receive comprehensive teacher training and student support to boost enrollment and success in Advanced Placement (AP®) courses in mathematics, science, English, social studies, computer science, and the rigorous courses that lead up to AP.

Alabama has consistently ranked number one among all 50 states in the percent increase in qualifying scores on math, science and English AP exams from 2008-2015 for all students. Last year the state ranked #3 in the nation the same percent increase for minority students.

“Because of the A+ College Ready Program grant opportunity, Zion Chapel will be the first school in our district to offer onsite Advanced Placement coursework, said Lauren Parker, assistant principal at Zion Chapel High School in Coffee County. “We plan to pilot the AP Program at our school and work toward helping other schools in our district to also successfully implement Advanced Placement courses.”

At the April 14th meeting, the State Board of Education was presented with a resolution recognizing the new schools, and gave credit to the partnership between the ALSDE and A+ College Ready for helping thousands of Alabama students become college and career ready.

“One of the rewards of serving on the State Board is in supporting programs that truly improve student learning and achievement, and prepare more Alabama students for college,” said Jeff Newman, State Board of Education Vice President. “We applaud these 29 schools for their commitment to their students by becoming an A+ College Ready partner.”

The schools invited to join the ALSDE / A+ College Ready Program in the 2016-17 school year will be the ninth group of schools participating in this statewide college readiness program, which expands the program into over half of all Alabama public school districts.

“The partnership between A+ and Carroll High will provide students an opportunity to engage in rigorous course work, while providing both teachers and students support to meet these expectations,” said principal Sean Clark. “At Carroll we are very excited to be a part of A+, we always strive to provide our students with opportunities to prepare them beyond high school.” 

The 29 schools joining the ALSDE/A+ College Ready Program for Cohort IX are:




Prattville High School

Autauga City

Boaz High School

Boaz City County

Walter Wellborn High School

Calhoun County

Chilton County High School

Chilton County City

Zion Chapel High School

Coffee County

West Point High School

Cullman County

Sulligent High School

Lamar County

Beulah High School

Lee County

Loachapoaka High School

Lee County

Brewer High School

Morgan County

Carroll High School

Ozark City

Pelham High School

Pelham City

Sheffield High School

Sheffield City

Sumter Central High School

Sumter County

B.B. Comer High School

Talladega County

Fayetteville High School

Talladega County

Northside High School

Tuscaloosa County


12 of the 29 schools were selected to participate as Pipeline Schools. Theseschools will institute an aggressive training program designed to increase thenumber of

students enrolled and succeeding in rigorous coursework in an effort to prepare for a full implementation of Advanced Placement courses the following year:



Anniston High School

Anniston City

Parker High School

Birmingham City

Chickasaw High School

Chickasaw City

Good Hope High School

Cullman County

Fairfield High School

Fairfield City

Fayette County High School

Fayette County


Greene County High School

Greene County

Hale County High School

Hale County



Courtesy of State of Alabama Department of Education

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