Announcement: Advance Shafter Program / by David Franz


Today, we are excited to announce a new program that embodies the Shafter community's commitment to academic excellence. The Advance Shafter Program is aimed at increasing the number of students who succeed in Advanced Placement (AP)* classes.

Success on the comprehensive, nationally graded, end of course exams that follow each AP class is weighed heavily in college admissions and, in most cases, counts for college credit. This means that students can earn their college degree in less time and at less cost.  On average, passing a single AP test saves students more than $600 in tuition alone. 

These benefits make the cost of AP exams ($91) a great value.  However, being ready to master college-level work in high school requires a lot more than money. It takes years of hard work and academic preparation. We will have more to announce on this at a later date. The first component of the Advance Shafter Program is financial.  

Here are the details:

  • Shafter High students enrolled in AP classes at Shafter High or at the Shafter Learning Center can become eligible for the program by attending at least three hours of special tutoring/study sessions with their instructor.
  • This qualifies them for a $35 reduction in the cost of their AP exam.
  • It also qualifies them for a cash reward for success on the exam. For each qualifying score of 3, students will receive $100. For each 4, they will receive $150, and for each 5, they will receive $200. 

We believe that the true value of succeeding in AP coursework is significantly higher than these amounts, but we hope that this tangible and immediate benefit will reduce financial barriers to success and perhaps motivate students to do what is necessary in the present to reap long-term benefits in the future. 

If you have any questions, please email

* Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board.