Advanced Academic Success


Mass Insight’s Advanced Academic Success programs drive a school culture of high expectations and dramatically increases participation and performance in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, particularly among underserved populations, to prepare students for college and career success in English, and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our programs have three measurable goals:

  • Increase participation: greater student enrollment in AP mathematics, science and English (MSE) courses
  • Increase performance: more qualifying scores on AP MSE examinations
  • Increase college success: more students matriculating to, persisting in, and graduating from college


AP STEM & English Program

Mass Insight’s AP STEM & English program was launched in 2007 when Massachusetts was selected as one of six states to receive a $13.2 million multi-year grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to replicate and implement a proven program running in Dallas called the “Advanced Placement Training and Incentives Program.” Mass Insight implemented this multi-year program under the name “Mass Math + Science Initiative’s (MMSI) Advanced Placement Training and Awards Program.” 

Now known as the AP STEM & English program, it is the largest high school academic program in AP English & STEM studies aimed at underrepresented populations and students in Massachusetts. The program has expanded rigorous, college-level AP courses in 75+ high schools across the Commonwealth, resulting in more than 13,000 new enrollments in AP MSE classes and more than 5,000 additional qualifying scores on AP MSE exams.

Sustaining Partnership Program

The Mass Insight Sustaining Partnership Program (SPP) was launched in 2013 to address the need for a voluntary membership program offered to schools following their completion with the Mass Insight AP STEM & English program. The SPP allows partner schools to maintain and continue to expand student achievement and teacher capacity in AP MSE courses. The SPP also provides schools the opportunity to continue accessing selected services and components of the Mass Insight AP STEM & English program to achieve student and teacher excellence.

Elements of Success

High schools participating with the AP STEM & English program are expected to implement proven strategies to achieve the goals of the program, and student and teacher excellence. These strategies include extensive formal and informal training of AP and Pre-AP teachers, additional time on task for students, additional resources for students and for AP MSE courses, content coaching, stipends, and awards (as applicable), and cultivation of Lead Teachers to provide leadership and mentorship to program teachers.

Learn more about the Elements of Success here.

Where We Work

Here is a list of the high schools where we work.


Quick Facts:

  • Mass Insight has more than tripled performance of female students receiving qualifying grades.
  • Mass Insight has more than quadrupled performance of African American & Hispanics student qualifying grades.
  • The program has expanded rigorous, college-level AP courses in 75+ high schools across Massachusetts, resulting in more than 13,000 new enrollments in AP STEM classes, and more than 5,000 additional passing scores on AP MSE exams.

In the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Mass Insight partnered with more than 75 middle and high schools throughout Massachusetts to serve more than 10,000 students.
  • Over 500 teachers attended Mass Insight’s two-week Summer Institute in July and August 2017.
  • Nearly 500 teachers attended Mass Insight’s two-day workshops on math, science and English in October 2016.
  • Mass Insight held more than 50 College Success Kick-off events at high schools throughout Massachusetts this fall to recognize students’ commitment to challenging AP work;
  • Mass Insight held more than 100 half-day Saturday Study Sessions throughout the year, providing students with significantly more time to engage in AP coursework.

Of the College Success program’s 23,000 students who graduated from high school since 2008-2009, 78% have gone on to attend college.

  • Of those students, 92% have persisted through two years of college; 81% have either graduated from college or are on track to graduate.
  • Of those students who are students of color, 88% have persisted through two years of college; 78% have either graduated from college or are on track to graduate. 

Nationally, only 56% of students attending four-year colleges actually graduate within six years.

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