Despite budget woes plaguing the school district of Philadelphia, Northeast High School, located in one of the lowest income areas of the city, was able to shine through as a success story.
As part of a rigorous Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program overhaul, Northeast High School incorporated Shmoop, one of the world's largest digital publishers of test prep materials and educational guides, and saw the number of college eligible AP scores (3+) triple in just three years.
"Can a comprehensive high school with a largely low-income student body significantly increase college eligibility scores while maintaining enrollment numbers? Yes. In three years, that is exactly what Northeast High School has done," says Ellen Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. "The effective use of technology in classrooms should mean that companies like us make it easier for passionate teachers to do their jobs."