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New Hanover High School Selected to Participate in the
College Board’s ‘Advanced Placement with WE Service’ Pilot Program
Integrating Service Learning into Advanced Placement® Curricula

New Hanover High School (NHHS) is among the first schools in the nation selected to pilot the College Board’s ‘Advanced Placement® (AP) with WE Service’ program. The result of an innovative partnership with the international organization WE, the program is designed to help teachers integrate service learning opportunities into their AP curricula, while allowing students who complete the program requirements to earn a recognition on their Educational Testing Service (ETS) Score Reports.

Nicolette Johnson, AP Studio Art 2D Design teacher at NHHS, will pilot the program. Angela Jeffrey, NHHS’ Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Specialist, will coordinate the AP with the WE Service program. Ms. Johnson will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the program to inform future course development.

"More and more, we find our teachers looking for ways to help develop their students' leadership skills through service projects,” said Dr. Rob Morgan, principal of NHHS. “I am so excited to have an opportunity to explore this partnership with the College Board, and I am thrilled to have Ms. Johnson leading this pilot program with her AP Art students."

WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. “Today, we are millions of passionate youth, women, and men working together to shift the world from “me” to “we,” according to the program’s website. To find out how the WE Movement works visit their website at

The AP with WE Service connects a rigorous academic experience with service learning in an effort to help students become mindful leaders and active citizens. Through this model—which encourages broader discussion of demanding academic material through experiential and problem-based nature of service learning projects—students will be urged to take action on the service opportunities that matter most to them.

“The College Board strongly believes that learning how to use classroom knowledge in their local communities and the world at large is an important part of a student’s growth,” said Jason Manoharan, Vice President for AP Program Management and Strategy at the College Board. “AP students in this pilot program will have the chance to apply their rigorous academic learning in real world settings and situations. By merging meaningful service learning with AP coursework, these young people will be empowered to become engaged citizens on issues of interest to them.”

The pilot program focuses initially on six subjects: AP Computer Science A, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Human Geography, AP Spanish Language and Culture, and AP Studio Art: 2D Design. Teachers whose schools have been accepted into the program will be able to access sample service learning modules that are relevant to the specific content of the AP courses. The College Board and WE will offer free professional development opportunities to teachers to help prepare them to introduce service learning into their curriculum in the coming school year, in addition to providing tools and resources for educators and students to effectively achieve their service-learning outcomes. Teachers will track their students’ academic and service participation to ensure that they meet the requirements to receive the AP with WE Service credential.

By combining the academic challenge and rigor of Advanced Placement® with WE’s education and citizenship model, AP with WE Service creates an opportunity for students to consider their classroom work and how it applies to the real world, while working closely with their peers to address social issues. During the 2016-17 pilot year, a selected group of teachers who teach one or more of six specific AP courses implemented the program in their classrooms. In 2017-18, all interested teachers of these AP courses opted to participate in this program. For more information on the College Board’s AP with WE Service program visit
Students who are interested in taking part in the pilot should contact Ms. Johnson at or Angela Jeffrey at to find out whether they will be including these new service-learning components within the AP course.

Posted: 09/14/17