Increased number of students taking Advanced Placement classes in math, science and English in Sahuarita Unified School District through the National Math and Science Initiative

June 19, 2017
Sahuarita Sun

Sahuarita Unified School District’s high school students will still have the opportunity to participate in the National Math and Science Initiative even though this was the last of a three-year grant.

“Because of the exemplary participation and scores of those who participated, we wanted to continue with the program and so we’ve come up with a sustainment plan,” said Brett Bonner, SUSD assistant superintendent.

In 2014, the Sahuarita Unified School District became the only district in the state to receive a $1 million, three-year grant allowing it to participate in the initiative.

The goal was to increase the number of students taking Advanced Placement classes in math, science and English. Teachers received extra training, access to expert resources and more time with students. Students received one-on-one tutoring and were able to attend Saturday study sessions.

In order to keep the program going, Bonner said the district plans to use $149,000 in leftover grant money and contribute $25,000. The initiative’s budget will have to be cut $56,000, most of which is teacher training money, he said.

By extending the initiative, Bonner said students will continue to receive $100 for every qualifying score on an AP test, and they will earn college credit before they graduate from high school.

Teachers will also continue to receive financial incentives $100 for each student on their roster who receives a qualifying score and $1,000 if their class meets thresholds.

Last year, 109 Walden Grove and Sahuarita High School students received checks totaling $15,100. Teachers from Sahuarita High School received $4,840 in incentives and Walden Grove teachers received $5,340.

The first three years of the initiative were funded by $500,000 from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation and donations from La Posada, Farmers Investment Co., Rancho Sahuarita, Jim Click and others. Bonner wants to see the initiative reach into a fifth year.

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