The College Board wanted to add a service learning model to its Advanced Placement program, allowing students to apply their classroom work to the real world
The College Board, a non-profit organization that offers Advanced Placement (AP) university courses to high school students, wanted to add a service-learning curriculum to its AP courses.
Service-learning combines classroom learning with meaningful service to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. It is based on a structured academic foundation that lets students go beyond volunteering or doing community service.
The organization worked with the College Board to create the AP with WE Service program, which supplies structure, guidance, and resources to AP teachers who integrate service-learning into their courses.
The program helps teachers and students identify local and global opportunities that translate classroom learning into hands-on problem-solving.
For teachers, the program provides modules that guide them in determining an actionable topic that fits their AP course and incorporating a service-learning framework and resources into the curriculum.
Under the program, students learn and apply their knowledge to benefit people in real world settings. For example, as part of computer science courses, students can earn credit by coding applications for non-profit organizations. Or they can help improve their Spanish language skills by helping immigrants fill out government forms.
Teachers in the program help the students establish their targets and verify that the volunteer hours are completed. Once confirmed by the teacher, the service is reflected on the transcript that accompanies the student’s college application (AP with WE Service is the only service-learning program allowed to appear on transcripts).
Through the College Board’s network, over 2 million students around the world have the opportunity to create a meaningful impact in their local and global communities through AP services learning courses.