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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

In 2020, the MA DESE was awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Education Department (ED), through the Expanding Access to Well-Rounded Courses Demonstration Grants Program. With this funding, and via a partnership with VHS Learning, the STEM Advanced Placement®  Access Expansion Opportunity (SAPAO) was established. SAPAO is a statewide initiative to increase the capacity of schools 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.

In 2023, an additional grant opportunity was established to expand computer science capacity in MA Schools, partnering MA DESE with VHS Learning and CSforMA. To find out more about this computer science/STEM initiative and the SAPAO grant, view our webinar: 

DESE envisions using the statewide virtual platform to drive long-term school strategy to increase capacity to offer STEM AP®  courses.

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.  

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

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Please contact Shannon Osgood for more information.