Chancellor Fariña Announces 63 High Schools to Offer New Advanced Placement Courses for 2016-17 Through AP for All

  • Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018

AP for All Initiative Will Support New Courses and Training and Support for Educators and Students. 35 of the Selected Schools Currently Have No AP Courses

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced today that this fall, 63 high schools will offer new Advanced Placement courses, including 35 that offered no AP courses during the 2015-16 school year. The expansion comes in the first full year of the AP for All Initiative, one of the eight initiatives in Mayor de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence agenda. The goal of AP for All is to increase college readiness among New York City students; research has shown that the rigor of these courses and exams better prepare students for college. Through AP for All, 75 percent of high school students will have access to at least five AP classes by fall 2018 and all high school students will have access by fall 2021. The initiative will cost $51 million annually when fully scaled in fall 2021, and about $21 million for the 2016-17 school year.

The 63 selected high schools currently offer few or no AP courses and have demonstrated readiness to begin offering additional AP coursework. They include 20 high schools in the Bronx, 22 in Brooklyn, 15 in Manhattan, and six in Queens. Among the 63 high schools, 39 schools across 12 high school campuses will utilize a “campus model,” sharing courses with co-located schools to provide increased opportunity across the school building. In 2016-17, the 63 high schools will offer 118 additional AP courses, including 52 in STEM subjects.

“AP for All is going to expand rigorous, challenging coursework at all of our high schools, and the first expansion to 63 high schools represents exciting progress,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is a critical part of our work towards equity and excellence for all New York City public school students, across all our neighborhoods and boroughs.”

“AP for All is a critical part of bringing equity and excellence to all our high schools, and this expansion will make a real difference for students at 63 schools next year,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Through our Equity and Excellence agenda, we are laser-focused on putting all our students on the path to college and careers, and I look forward to the work ahead of us.”

Administrators and teachers from the selected high schools will receive rigorous, subject-specific professional development this spring and summer, including an AP Summer Institute, and ongoing workshops and support provided by the DOE and external partners throughout the 2016-17 school year. Additionally, 750 students from these high schools have been invited to participate in a new two-week summer enrichment session to prepare them for greater success in new AP courses. AP for All students will also receive support throughout the school year, including weekend study sessions providing up to an additional 20 hours of learning, review, and opportunities to take practice AP exams.

As part of AP for All, the DOE has also identified over 100 schools for pre-AP support starting this spring and continuing through the 2016-17 school year. These high schools offer few or no AP courses, and also need additional support to strengthen student and teacher readiness. The pre-AP support will focus on strengthening student instruction across high schools, and identifying and providing professional development to potential AP teachers for the 2017-18 school year and beyond. 

“I want my students to have access to as many opportunities as possible that prepare them for college and their future careers.  Access to AP courses will be invaluable for my students, offering a rigorous level of work that challenges them as if they’re college students,” said William Johnson, principal of the Academy of Medical Technology in Queens. “Working with the other schools on the Far Rockaway Educational Campus, we’ll offer four AP courses – and we’ll have the resources and support around these courses that we need to best serve our students.”    

“Through AP for All, my school will get the support and training to offer AP courses in STEM subjects, enabling us to offer a full slate of AP courses for the first time,” said Andrew Higginbotham, principal of the Young Women’s Leadership School in Manhattan. “I’m really excited about this expansion because, in the AP courses we currently offer, I see my students reaching a new level of commitment and drive to meet college-level standards and earn college credit. When I hear back from graduates, many say that their experience in our AP courses has prepared them for their college coursework.”

While the number of New York City students participating in AP has increased 40.1 percent over the past five years, there are still over 100 schools without AP offerings. Additionally, while AP participation and performance have increased across all ethnicities, a lower percentage of Black and Hispanic students take and pass AP exams than their Asian and white peers. To address these populations, AP for All will build on the DOE’s AP Expansion program, which brought new AP courses to over 70 schools since 2013.

The 63 high schools receiving new AP courses are:


Bronx Leadership Academy II

New Explorers High School

Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports

Renaissance High School for Musical Theater and Technology

Pelham Lab High School

Schuylerville Preparatory High School

Bronx River High School

Lehman High School

Westchester Square Academy

Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies

Bronx Leadership Academy High School

Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy

Bronx School of Law and Finance

World View High School

High School for Teaching and the Professions

Bronx Theatre High School

Bronx Academy of Health Careers

High School for Contemporary Arts

Explorations Academy

Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School


ACORN Community High School

PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers

High School for Legal Studies

High School for Enterprise Business and Technology

Frances Perkins Academy

Secondary School for Journalism

Sunset Park High School

The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance

Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice

FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety

High School for Civil Rights

World Academy for Total Community Health High School

Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School

The School for Classics: An Academy of Thinkers, Writers and Performers

The High School of Sports Management

Kingsborough Early College Secondary School

Life Academy High School for Film and Music

Origins High School

Professional Pathways High School

Bushwick Leaders High School for Academic Excellence

New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III (AMSIII)

New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III


Marta Valle High School

The Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women

Manhattan Business Academy

Manhattan Academy For Arts & Language

Hudson High School of Learning Technologies

Unity Center for Urban Technologies

Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School

High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry

The Global Learning Collaborative

Innovation Diploma Plus

The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem

The College Academy

High School for Media and Communications

High School for Law and Public Service

High School for Health Careers and Sciences


Civic Leadership Academy

Pan American International School

Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School

Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology

Academy of Medical Technology: A College Board School

Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria


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