Elements of Success

The elements of success are integrated into a holistic strategy focused on student access, engagement, and success. Collectively, these interrelated components promote and support a school culture of high expectations for rigorous student learning and open enrollment in Advanced Placement® courses.

Supporting Student Access to Rigorous Coursework

A culture of inclusiveness and preparation for more students to enroll and be successful in Advanced Placement math, science and English (MSE) classes.

Student Time on Task

Tutoring, 15 to 18 hours of student study sessions for each AP course and other supports made readily available to students.

Exam Fee Support

Supplements to help cover 50 percent of AP exam fees not provided from other sources, such as the federal Fee Waiver Grant to KDE.

Student Recruitment & Counseling

Supportive information and briefings (especially in the early grades) to help with student/family decisions to prepare for and enroll in AP.

Supplies and Equipment

Up to $5000 base for equipment and $25 per student enrolled in eligible AP® classes. Equipment base cap for years 2 and 3 are $4000 and $3000, respectively.

Incentives for Success

Students earn $100 per Qualifying Score [3, 4, or 5] on AP® exams in math, science, computer science or English. Teachers receive $100 per student Qualifying Score.

Stipends & Bonuses

Teachers receive up to $500 stipend to support additional responsibilities in extra training and teaching AP®. Achieving pre-set learning targets measured through Qualifying Scores (by course and by school) triggers bonus for AP® of $1000/$1500, and, if school-wide goal is met, $1000 each for designated school administrator and AP® Coordinator.

Vertical Teaming

Four meetings where high school and middle school teachers collaborate in skills preparation of students for success in AP®.

Teacher Mentors & Content Coordinators

AP® Teacher Mentors are master AP® teachers who mentor colleagues on relevant subject matter. (Fee paid to Mentor per teacher served.) Content Coordinators in Math/CS, Science, and English set up Content Review Sessions and organize four vertical team meetings each school year. Each school should have one Content Coordinator in each content area (up to 3); Content Coordinators receive stipends for their work.

Rigorous, Content-Focused Teacher Training

Rigorous content focused 5-day summer institute (or pre-approved equivalent) for all AP® teachers (first 2 years), annual 2-day Fall Forum training for AP® teachers, and 4-day Laying the Foundation training for Pre-AP® teachers for 3 years.

College Readiness Program

Commitment to Model

The goal of the program is to strengthen the teaching of AP® mathematics, science, and English (MSE) courses (listed below), to build enrollment and dramatically increase rigorous new learning as evidenced by the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on AP® exams in these important subjects.  Selected schools and teachers agree to follow the same NMSI College Readiness Program Elements of Success now underway in dozens of public high schools across Kentucky (and several other states).

Eligible AP® Courses

Courses supported by AdvanceKentucky include AP® Math and Computer Science courses and exams in Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, and Statistics; AP® Science courses and exams in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1 and 2, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism and Physics C: Mechanics; and AP® English courses and exams in English Language and English Literature. The AP® Capstone Seminar and Research courses also may be eligible.

Submission of Application

Apply as a School

All interested schools may begin the application process by completing the application packet below. Completed applications should be sent to Anthony Mires attention at amires@kstc.com.

Application Packet (doc)

Apply as an Individual AP® Teacher

Scholarships for the College Readiness Program are now available to AP® teachers. This program follows the same Elements of Success utilized in the school-wide model and provides the same support for the individual teacher. Preference will be given to teachers that are in a position to initiate or dramatically grow their AP® programs in math, science, computer science, and English for underrepresented student populations AND have not participated in the College Readiness Program.

Teachers interested in training and support for the 2022-2023 school year, who will be teaching classes in AP® Math, Science, English, or Computer Science may apply.  Applications will remain open year-round but the priority for the next cohort will be given to applications received by midnight, January 3, 2022.

Scholarship Application

Acceptance into Program

Eligible applications will be invited to negotiate a Letter of Agreement with the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. Traditionally, a new cohort of schools and teachers is announced in the Spring/Summer prior to activities associated with the first full academic year in the program. This includes recruiting students, planning for any new AP® classes and AP® and Pre-AP® teacher training over the summer.

For questions or to schedule an informal visit to your school/district, please contact Anthony Mires at amires@kstc.com.


AP® and Pre-AP® are trademarks registered by the College Board.

Content Support Sessions

AdvanceKentucky intends to offer regional, in-person content support sessions in Spring 2022. For additional information, please contact Aaron Timmons at atimmons@kstc.com.

To access recordings and handouts of online sessions from 2021 and earlier, please visit our YouTube page.

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