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June 14, 2007

Kelsey Lehtomaa
(850) 245-0413

Thousands of Florida High School Students Register for Advanced Placement Summer Camps

TALLAHASSEE – Thousands of Florida high school students take a proactive approach to their education by enrolling in the newly created Student Academic Summer Camps. These summer camps were established for students entering Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the fall and are intended to challenge students academically and prepare them for the advanced courses they will be undertaking in the new academic year.

“These numbers show us that Florida’s students are ready to take a proactive position in their preparation for the tough coursework that Advanced Placement courses require,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “By readying our students with knowledge in the summer, we help them realize their full potential in the fall.”

This is the first year the College Board Florida Partnership and Department of Education have offered the Student Academic Summer Camps and, to date, 2,015 students have registered in the 60 locations across the state. Some camps will run for one week and others for up to four weeks. Upon completion, students will be recognized by their schools in an assembly set for the fall.

“We are delighted with the results of the student registration numbers,” said Department of Education Office of Equity and Access Director Monica Hayes. “We will continue to encourage even more students to take advantage of this academic rigor through the Student Academic Summer Camp program next year.”

Teachers also have opportunities to develop their skills during the summer months. Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI) is an all-expense-paid program available through the College Board Florida Partnership that focuses on subject-specific professional development opportunities. The institutes provide teachers with the support and training needed to teach AP courses and to utilize Pre-AP teaching strategies. Registration numbers for this year have exceeded expectations with more than 1,100 teachers registered to attend.

Florida leads the nation in AP student participation. In 2006, more than one third of Florida’s public high school students participated in AP – well above the national average. That same year, nearly 20 percent of the public high school seniors graduated passing one or more AP exams, ranking Florida seventh in the nation.

The College Board Florida Partnership is a statewide collaborative effort involving all of Florida's schools and districts. Sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, the partnership offers professional development for district and school administrators, teachers, and counselors. The partnership assists educators in aligning middle and high school, as well as university teaching and learning to prepare students for the challenging studies that ultimately lead to college success.