YONKERS N.Y. - In a school district that has been forced to make cuts the past several years, eligible students at one Yonkers school now will be able to take advanced placement courses thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant from Google.
Yonkers Middle High School is one of the 800 public schools across the country selected by The College Board for a program that pays for underrepresented minority students to take advanced placement courses.
The AP STEM Access program was paid for by a $5 million grant from Google as part of its Global Impact Awards to DonorsChoose.org . The program was created to increase the number of underrepresented minority and female high school students who participate in Advanced Placement courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concentrations. “The College Board has been an integral partner in enhancing the district’s mission to expand its college-going culture,” said Yonkers Superintendent of Schools Bernard Pierorazio in a statement. “We are thankful to Google and DonorsChoose.org for collaborating with College Board to provide this opportunity. The AP STEM Access program will allow even more of our students to challenge themselves with college-level coursework and embrace a path towards post-secondary study.”
Yonkers Middle High School, ranked 24 in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” rankings, was chosen because it has a large population of underrepresented students who were academically ready to take AP STEM courses. As a result of the grant, Yonkers Middle High School can now offer more college-level courses, and more AP science and math classes.
The students at Yonkers Middle High School couldn't be any more deserving of the award, said Principal Jane Wermuth.
"This means that our underrepresented student groups will have greater access to STEM courses, which is very important in today’s society," Wermuth said. "We're noticing that the job market is requiring students to have more STEM-based skills and now we're able to support that need. It's all about greater access, and giving everyone a fair chance at succeeding. It's something that we wanted to acquire, so it's like a wish come true.