Hoboken HS adds AP African American Studies

Hoboken High School adds AP African American Studies to the History Curriculum
Posted on 05/28/2024

Hoboken High School adds AP African American Studies to the History Curriculum

Hoboken Board of Education passes measure with unanimous vote.

Hoboken, NJ,
— Hoboken High School is proud to announce the introduction of Advanced Placement (AP) African-American Studies to its curriculum, starting this fall semester. This groundbreaking initiative was approved by the Board of Education at the May 2024 board meeting, marking a significant milestone in the school's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and academic excellence.

In late March, the Hoboken Public School District was notified by the New Jersey Department of Education that it had received a $12,260 competitive grant award for curriculum development, staff training, and the purchasing of instructional materials and supplies. 

The addition of the College Board’s AP African-American Studies represents a vital step forward in providing students with a comprehensive and culturally relevant education. By offering this course, Hoboken High School aims to empower students to explore the rich history, culture, and contributions of African-Americans to society, fostering a deeper understanding of diversity and social justice issues.

"We are thrilled to introduce AP African-American Studies to our curriculum," said Principal Robin Piccapietra. "This course will provide students with the opportunity to engage critically with the complex narratives of African-American history and culture, enriching their educational experience and preparing them to become informed global citizens."

The curriculum for AP African-American Studies will cover a wide range of topics, including the African diaspora, the Civil Rights Movement, African-American literature, and contemporary issues facing the African-American community. Students will have the opportunity to analyze primary sources, engage in discussions, and undertake research projects that explore the diverse experiences and perspectives within the African-American community.

"This initiative reflects our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion," said Superintendent Christine Johnson. "By offering AP African-American Studies, we are ensuring that all students have access to a curriculum that reflects the diversity of our world and prepares them to thrive in an increasingly interconnected society."

The introduction of AP African-American Studies to the curriculum is part of Hoboken High School's broader efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity within the school community. Through initiatives like this, the school is fostering an environment where all students feel valued, respected, and empowered to succeed.

For more information about the AP African-American Studies program at Hoboken High School, please contact Robin Piccapietra at [email protected] or 201-356-3701.

About Hoboken High School:

Hoboken High School is a comprehensive public high school located in Hoboken, New Jersey. With a diverse student body and a commitment to academic excellence, the school provides a supportive and inclusive learning environment where students can thrive personally and academically. Situated along the Hudson Waterfront, just across the river from Manhattan, Hoboken is a thriving and vibrant city which has experienced a significant renaissance over the last generation. Our schools, which are staffed by highly-qualified and dedicated educators and educational leaders, facilitate a rich and rigorous 21st century education designed to serve the needs of a diverse, multicultural student body. 

About the AP Program:

Advanced Placement (AP) courses were created by the College Board, an US non-profit organization that connects high school students to colleges and universities, and assists in their preparation for higher education. Essentially, AP courses are college-level classes that you take while you are still completing your high school degree. The courses will follow the same schedule as your high school; the class(es) will be taken on site at your high school in line with your schedule and alongside your peers. These classes are designed to teach you harder course material that will build your academic experience while providing you with the comfort of a familiar environment.

About College Board: 

The College Board reaches more than 7 million students a year, helping them navigate the path from high school to college and career. Our not-for-profit membership organization was founded more than 120 years ago. We pioneered programs like the SAT® and AP® to expand opportunities for students and help them develop the skills they need. Our BigFuture® program helps students plan for college, pay for college, and explore careers.

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