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St. Landry School System gets Science and Math grant

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The St. Landry Parish School District has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative.

NMSI distributes grants nationally from ExxonMobil to support and expand Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Math, Science, and English. The program, which launched in 2007, is in more than 1,200 schools in 34 states.

The grant award is estimated at $1,390,309.00 over a three year period and includes instructor training and
travel, student study sessions, classroom materials and equipment, online AP course access, and financial
awards for both student test takers and instructors.

St. Landry Parish is a full NMSI District; meaning all the high schools in the district applied, went through a competitive interview, and were all awarded.

AP courses are college-level classes offered at high schools. Year-end tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5,
and students earning a 3 or higher can qualify for college course credit at colleges and universities
nationwide. Since 2007, NMSI has been working to dramatically improve student opportunities and
achievement by advancing STEM teaching and learning. NMSI’s College Readiness Program boosts AP
performance in partner schools by ten times the national average after just one year and produces continued
positive results over three years.

Students and teachers will participate in the first upcoming Saturday Review Session, which will be held at
Opelousas High School, Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

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