The AP African American Studies pilot program begins this fall

The class will be taught in 60 schools across the country this fall and will eventually be offered to all interested schools by the 2024-2025 school year.

WASHINGTON – Select high schools across the country will debut an Advanced Placement African American Studies course for undergraduates this fall.

The class will be offered at 60 schools across the country this fall, according to the college boardthe organization that oversees the statewide AP program, which offers collegiate-level courses in many high schools.

The AP African American Studies pilot program will expand to include more schools over the next school year, and the course is expected to be offered in all interested high schools in the 2024-2025 school year.

Students in the class will study a variety of fields, including literature, arts and humanities, political science, geography and science, to explore the experiences of African Americans, according to the College Board.

The curriculum has been in development for almost a decade.

The pilot program comes at a time when discussions about racism in the classroom are becoming more controversial and educators are coming under increased scrutiny from Republican lawmakers about how these issues are addressed in schools.

AP students in all courses are expected to weigh competing viewpoints, analyze different perspectives and come to their own conclusions, the college board said.

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The course “will introduce a new generation of students to the amazingly rich cultural, artistic and political contributions of African Americans,” Travis Packer, senior vice president of the college board, said in a statement. “We hope it will broaden the invitation to Advanced Placement and inspire students to a fuller appreciation of American history.”

The course framework will be posted online in Spring 2024 before the course launches nationwide for everyone to review.

AP African American Studies will be the 39th advanced course offered by the College Board, joining other options such as calculus, human geography, art history and music theory.

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Laura Coffey

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