How one high school is closing the AP gap

Publication date: Apr 29, 2015

Posted by Adrienne Hill on April 28, 2015.

If anyone knows the halls and classrooms of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California, it’s Adan Esperza.

He’s been the head custodian at Roosevelt for nine years. Esperza’s son and daughter know these halls, too. They’re students at the high school — good students. Esperza, who was born in Mexico and didn’t finish college, has big ambitions for them.

Earlier this year, he received some unexpected letters from the school.
“They said, ‘Congratulations, your kid has been chosen to take AP courses at Roosevelt for next year,'” he says.

Esperza says the Advanced Placement courses students can take for college credit hadn’t really been on his radar before then.
“I was actually proud to have two of my kids nominated for the program,” he says.

Read the full article in Marketplace, Learning Curve.

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