Center Receives $482,000 Grant for Online Academy

The Belin-Blank Center has received a grant from the State of Iowa to continue the Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) for school year 2012-2013. The grant ($481,849) will provide an opportunity for Iowa students from all accredited public and non-public schools to take an Advanced Placement (AP) course online.

The costs for the courses are covered by the grant. For 2012-2013 the following courses will be offered:

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP U.S. History

In addition, Iowa teachers are provided grants to further their training in AP by attending the Advanced Placement Teacher Training Institute (APTTI) held annually at The University of Iowa. APTTI provides teachers with the latest materials and instruction on preparing AP courses so that their students will be successful in the courses and on AP national exams.  IOAPA also provides Pre-AP and AP materials and AP Exam reviews to Iowa schools registered with IOAPA.

Currently, 349 of the 377 accredited high schools in Iowa are registered with IOAPA. Since its inception in 2001, 10,175 Iowa students have taken coursework through IOAPA. IOAPA has changed the culture of Iowa regarding AP. The spirit behind the online program is that in Iowa , “Geography will not determine educational opportunity.” The Belin-Blank Center is extremely proud to continue this program.

4 responses to “Center Receives $482,000 Grant for Online Academy

  1. Roseann Karbacka

    How does one get started with the on-line program? My grandson is entering the 9th grade this Fall and I think this is something he would be interested in. He has attended the Summer program at Belin-Blank in 2011. Thanks for any information you can give me!

  2. Hi Roseann – IOAPA is only available through schools, so if your grandson’s school is in Iowa and signed up with us, he can take an online AP class through the program.
    -Emily, blog admin

  3. Roseann Karbacka

    Thanks, Emily, for the information! My grandson attends Fairfield Community Schools and has been in the Challenge program since fourth grade. I will check with his TAG teacher about the program. Sounds like there are very interesting courses for him to take! He likes Physics and Science classes especially.

  4. Great! And he can check out all of our programs for students at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/Students/

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