Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to Expand Opportunity for Detroit Students Through New Focus on AP Courses
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to Expand Opportunity for Detroit Students Through New Focus on AP CoursesMichael Preston, Associate Director of Communications
At a June 22 event with the College Board, Jalen Rose, Founder and Chair of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JLRA), announced a major new initiative for Detroit students. Starting in 2017, the public charter school in Northwest Detroit will require that every student take a least one AP course as a requirement for graduation.
“My vision in founding JRLA was to provide Detroit families with a quality private school education in a tuition-free public school setting,” Mr. Rose explained. “To realize that vision, we have to set academic standards of excellence and provide the kind of rigorous curriculum that is common to the best private high schools. Partnering with the College Board to introduce Advanced Placement courses on a grand scale at our open admission Detroit high school is a natural progression as we continue to raise the bar,” the former NBA star and current ABC/ESPN Analyst declared.
The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will be the first school in Detroit to establish that its students – referred to as scholars - take an AP course as a graduation requirement. All students, save those with certain special needs, will be expected to meet this requirement. Additionally, any JRLA scholar on a path to a four-year college will be encouraged to take four AP courses, one in each core area of science, math, English, and social studies.
Wendell Hall, Senior Director for Policy at the College Board, attended the event to support the kick off of the ambitious program.
“The College Board is committed to ensuring that all students who have the potential to succeed in AP courses are able to access those opportunities,” he said. “That is why we work with schools like the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to remove barriers and expand opportunity. We thank JLRA for its efforts to provide access to the challenging course work that will prepare students for success in college.”
Working with the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to provide the AP program to its scholars is a part of the College Board’s efforts to deliver opportunity to students everywhere. Through the All In campaign, the College Board is committed to working with educators to break down barriers and ensure that 100 percent of African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with the potential to succeed in AP enroll in at least one matched AP course.
Mr. Rose stated that this commitment to raise the bar for students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy reflects his belief that the majority of Detroit children who go to regular open-admission high schools have the same ability and promise as those accepted to the special test-admission schools in the city such as Renaissance High School and Cass Tech.
“It’s time we set the same high expectations for all our students as we do for those who attend private or special admissions schools. I have no doubt our scholars will rise to the occasion.”
Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is managed by the non-profit American Promise Schools (APS). Consortium College Prep, the other high school APS manages in Detroit, has made a similar commitment to increase its graduation requirements and introduce AP courses at an ambitious scale.