How It Works

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The AP Program and WE supply a structure, guidance, and resources to AP teachers who integrate WE Service into their courses. However, teachers and students have latitude, within guidelines, to define what form their service will take.

Students who take an AP with WE Service course have the opportunity to earn recognition.

Teaching Modules

The AP with WE Service program provides teaching modules that align to AP course content and can be directly implemented into an AP course curriculum. Each module focuses on an actionable topic, such as hunger or education, and incorporates WE’s service-based learning framework and resources. The WE model helps teachers and students to identify local priorities and translate classroom learning into hands-on innovation and problem solving.

Teachers choose a module that teaches students to apply the content and skills they have learned in their AP class to real-world opportunities that require innovation, creativity, and hard work.

Six AP with WE Service Courses Available

The program is currently piloting with six courses:

Program Principles

Seven guiding principles inform the development of the AP with WE Service program. Service projects are:

  • Local/national/global. Students take one local or national action and one global action.
  • Youth-led. Students drive the activity.
  • Driven by teamwork. Students work on the activity in small groups.
  • Teacher supported and mentored. The instructor encourages and advises the student groups and ensures the project links to AP course content.
  • Productive of observable impacts. Students can see the impact of their actions.
  • Cause-inclusive. Within the key content focus areas, students can choose to work on an issue they care about.
  • Nonpartisan. All AP with WE Service materials are nonpartisan and do not promote or encourage a partisan position; instead, the materials are tied to the AP course content and skills, and all decisions about specific service projects are made locally.

Student Recognition

Students who take an AP with WE Service course, meet the recognition requirements described below, and take the AP Exam for that course can earn a program recognition that will be communicated to colleges and universities.

High schools will also have the option to indicate on students’ transcripts that they have completed AP with WE Service for a particular course.

Recognition Requirements

In order for their students to earn the service-learning recognition, AP teachers must plan for up to 10 hours of in-class instruction related to service learning. Each student must engage in a minimum of 20 hours of service, not counting the “Record and Reflect” and “Report and Celebrate” stages of the modules.

Students must also earn a 2 on a 3-point scale on all rubric categories within the following stages and evaluation criteria:

  • Investigate and Learn: Students explore topics related to a real-world challenge or opportunity.
  • Action Plan: Students develop a plan to implement their service-learning project, including one local or national action and one global action.
  • Educate Others: Students design and implement an activity to raise awareness about their service-learning topic.
  • Take Action: Students implement their action plan.
  • Record and Reflect: Students create a portfolio to record data and their reflections about their project.
  • Report and Celebrate: Students present the results of their service-learning project.

What People Are Saying

Read feedback from teachers and students who took part in the pre-pilot program.

Nearly every student developed a passion for the service project in which they participated. It allowed most of them to dig deeper into the content of the AP course and develop a richer understanding of issues relevant to the course.
—David Hong, AP Environmental Science Teacher, Monrovia High School, Monrovia, Calif.

My students have said that this has changed their approach to art, that it has changed their understanding of art.
—Katie Campbell, AP Studio Art: 2D Design Teacher, Alta High School, Sandy, Utah

Some of my students who have struggled with traditional assessments have shined with service learning, which has enhanced their confidence and subsequent performance in the classroom context as well. A few students have discovered causes for which they are passionate and will remain engaged with long beyond the project timeline.
—Allison Hunt, AP Human Geography Teacher, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Ky.

I believe the program integrates service into the curriculum in a way that encourages students to think beyond themselves … I gained much more from the course than I would have without the service-learning aspect.
—Kelly Yi, AP Studio Art: 2D Design Student, Chattahoochee High School, Atlanta, Ga.

The service-learning program … promotes positive change and unity. This class has been a wonderful educational experience.
—Maite Nazario, AP Studio Art: 2D Design Student, Chattahoochee High School, Atlanta, Ga.

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