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The University of Notre Dame's  Advanced Placement®
Teacher Investment Program (AP-TIP) partners with the
Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) to provide professional growth opportunities to Catholic high school teachers around the United States: AP® Excellence in Catholic Schools (APECS). 

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APECS is designed to support teachers of AP math, science, or English (MSE) courses in Catholic high schools where at least one member of the team is an ACE graduate or where school leadership has strong ties to the Institute for Educational Initiatives. 

This two-year program began in July 2021, and it continues to offer formal in-person training opportunities, such as the AP Summer Institute, as well as virtual PLCs, content area support, exemplary materials, and teacher stipends. This fully-funded program seeks individual teachers or small teacher groups from Catholic high schools to apply. Please note that program capacity is limited to a maximum of 22 teachers for Cohort B. 

 Benefits of the APECS Program

APECS teachers receive both professional support and incentives throughout their two-year membership.

  • Teachers participate in high-quality professional growth opportunities.
  • Teachers build connections to a broader community of Advanced Placement teachers.
  • Teachers and schools leverage resources and support that engage all students.
  • Teachers receive a stipend of up to $1,240 for full participation in the professional development events (e.g., Summer Institute, Mock Exam), including PLCs.
  • Teachers may earn financial awards for reaching enrollment and achievement goals.
 Application Process

The application to Cohort B of APECS is now open. 

  • The application is rolling, and APECS will begin reviewing applications on February 1.
    • School applicants should be prepared with school demographic data, as well as school-wide AP math, science, and English data for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years.
    • Individual applicants should be prepared with school demographic data, as well as student data relevant to the AP course(s) taught during the 2021-2022 academic year.
    • The post-application review may include an online interview of candidate teachers.   
  • Candidates will be informed of selection by March 31. 
Additional Information  

Download the Brochure

For specific questions, contact Program Director Karen Morris at