Scholars Initiative

Bay Area Rising AP STEM Scholars Initiative:

A project aiming to increase the number of students of color and low-income students that enroll and succeed in Advanced Placement STEM and Computer Science courses across the San Francisco Bay Area.



high schools participating in the initiative


 educators participating in PD


students taking AP STEM/CS courses

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Inequities exist in AP STEM education across the Bay Area.


of CA HS students are Black, Latinx or Native American


of AP Chemistry students are Black, Latinx, or Native American


of AP Computer Science A students are Black, Latinx, or Native American


Black girls and 453 Latinx girls took AP CS A


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Develop computer science skills and learn about careers in CS by becoming a RISING AP STEM Scholar!

Participate in interactive activities and programs to develop your CS skills and build interest in CS-related careers.

Rising STEM Scholars Initiative

The Rising AP STEM Scholar Initiative is a year round program that offers 8th – 12th grade students in the Bay Area the opportunity to develop skills and learn about careers in STEM and CS. 

This program aims to increase the number of students of color and low-income students participating in AP Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science courses. Scholars and their parents will have access to online webinars, workshops, AP CS test waivers, academic and professional career coaching and more! Join us!


Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI): 

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) online program is an intensive and interactive four-week introduction to computer science (CS) for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially Black, Latinx, Native American and Southeast Asian students. Learn more here and read FAQs here

Dates: July 6-31, 2020

Application is currently closed.


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Want to be a leader in AP STEM education?

Partner schools receive:

  • Data insights: School-specific analysis of AP STEM/CS enrollment trends, student perceptions, aspirations, and AP readiness
  • Coaching: Monthly coaching for school teams to develop and implement strategies to increase enrollment of low-income students and students of color in AP STEM/CS
  • Communities of practice: Quarterly meetings for schools to convene, share strategies and best practices, and gain access to expert insights.
  • Professional development: Opportunity to participate in summer seminars, webinars, and continuing education for administrators, counselors, and teachers.
  • Classroom credits: $15,000 in DonorsChoose credits for resources, technology, and classroom projects to increase equity in AP STEM.
  • Student engagement activities: Priority access to student outreach and engagement activities, including career fairs, workshops, and the Computer Science Summer Institute at Google
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Want to learn more about improving equity in AP STEM?

Participate in professional development opportunities offered by U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. 

Administrators, counselors, and teachers are invited to participate in professional development, and participants can receive scholarships, stipends and/or continuing education credits.

  • Administrator Seminar: Leading for Equity in CS
    A 4-day professional development seminar on computer science equity for administrators and counselors (Summer, Fall 2020)
  • Educator Seminar:Teaching for Equity in CS
    A 4-day professional development seminar for teachers (Summer, Fall 2020) 

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  • Introduction to Block-Based Programming-2 units (Summer 2020)
  • CS Teaching Methods-1 unit (Summer 2020)  

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Berkeley Educators for Equity and Excellence (BE3) offers credential pathways for pre-service teachers in single subject English, Social Studies, Math, Science + Supplementary Authorization in CS 

(2020/21 application closed)

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Check back for webinars on increasing equity in AP STEM education.



Share your experience with our students!

Are you a professional in a STEM sector(s) or a former AP Computer Science student? Are you part of an organization that provides engaging STEM workshops for historically underrepresented communities? We would love to have you share your experiences with students and parents across the Bay Area!

Tell us more by filling out our Volunteer Interest Form below!



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