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SJHA First Ever AP Calculus Class Celebrates a 77% Pass Rate
Mr. Moore knew that his students, the first ever to take on AP Calculus at the Social Justice Humanitas Academy in San Fernando, would need to work overtime to prepare for the daunting, rigorous AP exam. He also knew that if he addressed his students’ hearts, their heads would follow. And so, he and his students met before school and after school, eating homemade snacks prepared by Mr. Moore himself, working together to persist though problems and grasp new concepts. He and his AP Calculus students became a family, working diligently, learning from their mistakes, and making sacrifices.
In the end, the students’ commitment and effort paid off. This first year AP Calculus pass rate was a whopping 77%. When compared to the national pass rate of 60%, this achievement is quite impressive. There is another key data point, however, that is more impressive and important to Mr. Moore as a mathematician and educator. Nationally, the pass rate in AP Calculus for Latino students is 40%. This gap between Latino students and the general population represents the opportunity gap and prevents students of color from achieving the same levels of success in math as their peers. That Mr. Moore’s class, which is one hundred percent Latino, far surpassed the pass rate for all groups, proves what he knows to be true—that students of color are, when given the opportunity, support, and are surrounded by a caring community of educators, capable, competent, and brilliant in mathematics.
Mr. Moore is working on expanding resources for his AP Calculus students through grants and organizations like Donors Choose.