Rigor Creates College-Ready Students at Jefferson High School

* Written by Jeffco Schools employees and originally posted in Jeffco Schools Messenger publication

 Jefferson High School counselor Molly Harrington and junior AP calculus student Elvira Miranda.


Jefferson High School counselor Molly Harrington and junior AP calculus student Elvira Miranda.

Jefferson and Wheat Ridge high schools are part of an exciting program that aims to close achievement gaps and increase college readiness for students.

The schools have been selected to participate in the Colorado Legacy Schools program that provides students with the skills and motivation to succeed in college by enrolling in Advanced Placement (AP) math, science and English courses.

“This $10,000 opens the doors to AP for all students,” said Jefferson counselor Molly Harrington. “It’s a paradigm shift for our kids to be more successful because it’s opening doors and removing obstacles that would have stopped them in the past.”

The funding provides extensive teacher training, student AP fees, classroom equipment and supplies, student monetary awards and study sessions.

Jefferson bumped up enrollment in AP English language from 35 this year to 60 students registered next fall. The enrollment in this year’s AP English literature will grow from 26 students this year to 60 in 2014-15.

“In the past, our school has focused on remediating kids, but our team said remediation isn’t working,” added Harrington. “Let’s focus on acceleration and betting on kids to succeed by giving them the tools and support to get them there.”

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