Partnership Program: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join this program?

Our primary goal is to ensure that the high school teachers (and their students) have a successful experience.  To ensure success, we will begin the program with a relatively small and committed group of teachers who will be critical in shaping the program so it is efficient and effective as the number of teachers in the program grows. We hope to accommodate rapid steady growth for the first five years, at which point the program will include both calculus-based (AP- Physics C), and algebra-based (AP Physics 1, 2) physics and will be available to teachers throughout the state.

If you would like more information, or are interested in being an early partner please send us your contact information via the following form: https://go.physics.illinois.edu/I-PER-HSPP.

Is this the same as a dual credit program?

No. There are significant issues with creating a dual-credit program that are not consistent with our goals.  So it is perhaps better to think of this partnership program more as professional development.  The focus is on a great high school course.  That said, the affiliation with the university may provide opportunities for proficiency credit for students attending the University of Illinois. We can also explore possibilities for University credit through an on-line course in the future if that is desired.

How much does this cost teachers?

The teachers will not be required to make any financial contribution toward the program. Indeed, our hope is to be able to compensate the teachers for their work in improving the course.

How much does this cost parents/students?

Although this partnership program will certainly bring new resources into the classroom, we do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating. Indeed ultimately it is the schools with the least resources that are teaching the students we are most interested in reaching. We will work with your school district to see what resources they can provide, and work on finding external funding to fill in the any deficit.

Is this an AP course?

The goal is not to be an AP course. However, the curriculum that we will be providing is indeed the curriculum at the University of Illinois, and therefore will qualify as AP, and will prepare students for the AP exam.

What does your timeline for rolling this out to Illinois high schools look like?

  • Summer 2019  - Spring 2020: identify first cohort of instructors

  • Summer 2020: Teachers work through the online course + initial in-person retreat 

  • Fall 2020 – Spring 2021: First academic year first cohort teaches curriculum + identify 2nd cohort

What if my physics knowledge is a bit rusty?

Even better!  One resource we can easily provide is physics expertise, both for the activities in the curriculum and also for the interesting questions students come up with during the course.

Do you have other questions?

We would love to hear from you!
Please submit your questions at https://go.physics.illinois.edu/partnership-program-questions today.