Aberdeen and Havre de Grace high schools will be participating in a three-year Advanced Placement and training grant initiative.
A grant kick-off celebration with an announcement about the initiative will be held 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air, according to Harford County Public Schools.
The grant initiative is a partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), Boeing and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).
NMSI National Director of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program Gregg Fleisher, Director of the DoDEA Marie Fitzgerald, Aberdeen Proving GroundU.S. Army CECOM Commanding General Maj. Gen. Robert Farrell, Harford County Board of Education President Leonard Wheeler, Superintendent Robert Tomback, representatives from Boeing and other school system employees and Aberdeen and Havre de Grace high school students and staff will attend the kick-off celebration.
"The grant is part of a major expansion of the Initiative for Military Families (IMF), which provides college-level courses in math, science and English for students from military families," a news release from the school system said. "The overall goal of the IMF is to support children in America's military families by providing consistent, quality course work through NMSI's Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP)."
More than 350 students of military families attend Aberdeen and Havre de Grace high schools — about 246 and 122 students respectively, according to Teri Kranefeld, communications manger for the school system.
"While the NMSI Initiative for Military Families focus is on schools near military installations, all students in participating schools are encouraged to take advantage of the NMSI program," Kranefeld wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.
The IMF was launched by NMSI during the 2010-11 school year, according to information provided by NMSI.
The initiative started in just four public high schools in the country: two that served Fort Hood in Texas and then two near Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
By the fall of 2011, 25 high schools were added to the program. In 2012, NMSI hopes to bring that total to more than 50 schools nationwide — Aberdeen and Havre de Grace being two of them.
According to NMSI, qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams in math, science and English increased by 45 percent in the first year at participating schools, according to the College Board.
"Our goal is to provide consistent, high-level math and science education in high schools that serve military bases in the United States," Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, president and CEO of NMSI, said. "For the many children whose parents are serving in the military, this is an opportunity to receive the cutting-edge knowledge and inspiration that will help them succeed in college and in the careers of tomorrow."
This article is corrected from an earlier version.