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Message Regarding AP African American Studies - August 16, 2023

August 16, 2023 

Dear LRSD Stakeholders: 

We wanted to provide you with an update regarding Central High School’s pilot of AP African American Studies.  LRSD has taken a proactive step to recognize the importance of diversity and inclusivity in our curriculum. As part of our commitment to providing a rich and comprehensive learning experience, we will continue with our plans to offer the AP course.  This course will be weighted the same as all other AP courses.  Students will be able to take the AP exam, and the District will ensure students will not have to pay for the exam. We will also continue to work closely with the College Board regarding content and curriculum.   

We are fortunate to have one of the foremost subject matter experts leading the instruction at Central High School who has expressed that her students are enthusiastic about the opportunity to take the course.  AP African American Studies will allow students to explore the complexities, contributions, and narratives that have shaped the African American experience throughout history, including Central High School’s integral connection. 
Our educators are committed to providing engaging and thought-provoking lessons that encourage critical thinking, empathy, and a deep appreciation for cultural diversity. We firmly believe that this addition to our curriculum will not only enhance academic knowledge but also contribute to the development of well-rounded individuals prepared to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

We want to express our gratitude to all the parents, students, teachers, and community members who continue to support our mission of providing a world-class education that prepares our students to become informed, compassionate, and responsible global citizens. 

Thank you for your continued trust and partnership in shaping a brighter future for our students. 

LRSD Administration