How students find success - through failure - in Advanced Placement classes
Twenty years ago, Shermaine Mitchell-Ryan was a student at the former Cardozo High School thinking about college. She realized the level of instruction at most D.C. schools was so low that higher education for her could be a disaster.
So she enrolled in the TransTech (now TransSTEM) Academy. It was a school within a school designed to give disadvantaged teenagers full-strength courses and college-level exams. The hope was that it would prepare them for the rigor of heavy reading lists and long lectures in college.