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STEM AP® Access Expansion Opportunity

We are excited to partner with MA DESE to help provide all Massachusetts high schools with AP®  STEM courses free of charge! 

Click the link below to schedule time to meet with Shannon Osgood, VHS Learning Director of Operations, to learn how to implement this program in your school at no cost.

Program Overview and Commitment to Equity
VHS Learning and School Responsibilities
Course List
Frequently Asked Questions


Through the STEM Advanced Placement® Access Expansion Opportunity, schools in Massachusetts can increase their capacity to offer advanced coursework that will equip students with the skills and competencies they need to pursue postsecondary education and, ultimately, go on to STEM professions vital to the Massachusetts economy. The MA DESE is partnering with nonprofit VHS Learning to offer the following online courses FREE through this exciting opportunity! Click each course link below to view the course description, prerequisites, and technical requirements. Student enrollment opens in May 2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year.  


To find out more about this computer science/STEM initiative and the SAPAO grant, click here to view our webinar

VHS Learning Responsibilities:

  • Provide instruction and materials including teachers
  • Provide on site coordinator training and support
  • Support schools and students
  • Report on student progress


  • Assign an on site coordinator to recruit, enroll and monitor student progress
  • Assign an AP®  coordinator
  • Assign AP®  proctors
  • Award credit on local transcripts

Course List

Give your students free access to AP®  STEM high school courses! Click each course link below to view the course description, prerequisites, and technical requirements.  

For those districts which elect to offer AP Computer Science A or AP Computer Science Principles through VHS learning, they may select any of the following summer PD opportunities:

  • Teacher PD: one high school teacher to attend a free summer workshop on Exploring Computer Science, Computational Thinking and Problem Solving, AP Computer Science Principles, or AP Computer Science A. Included with this summer workshop is a $1,000 stipend for the teacher. Four additional schoolyear 1-day sessions are also included (without a stipend).
  • District CS Visioning: the district may create a district team to attend a summer SCRIPT workshop during which the district team will develop a vision for CS education within their district and create goals and implementation plan.
  • Counselor PD: district high school counselors may attend a summer CS for Counselors workshop in which they learn more about computer science and why it is an important content area for all students for their future careers.
  • Administrator PD: district administrators may attend a summer CS for Administrators workshop in which will learn more about computer science and how to facilitate implementation of CS coursework in all of their schools. 

MA DESE and VHS Learning STEM AP®  Access Expansion Opportunity - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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