North Springs Charter High School, Riverwood International Charter High School and Westlake High School have qualified for a competitive new Advanced Placement STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Access program launched by The College Board. The aim is to increase the number of minority and female high school students who participate in AP STEM courses. The initiative identified schools that historically have had a higher population of minority students who want to take a AP STEM course. "The AP STEM Access program will help us serve students who, although willing and academically talented, may not have had access to certain programs before," said Fulton County superintendent Robert Avossa in a news release. "This is a real win for our students and our school system." The schools have until March to submit applications for grants up to $9,000. The grants can be used by teachers for everything from professional development to college-level textbooks and lab equipment.