FRAMINGHAM – In March, the School Committee voted to accept an anonymous donation of $70,000 to pay for advanced placement exams at Framingham High.
Parents and students had been told last month not to register or pay for any Advanced Placement (AP) exams, in an email from Emily Taylorm who is adminstering the AP program at Framingham High.
But on Thursday morning, April 11, parents received an email stating 10th graders would need to pay for AP exams, and students who are taking more than two AP classes would be responsible for the $105 fee for each exams.
The email read – ” We are excited to share that Framingham High School is the recipient of an anonymous donation to help cover the cost of Advanced Placement exams this year. The donation will cover the first two exams for each 11th and 12th grade student. You are receiving this email because your student is taking more than 2 exams or is a 10th grader. … We ask that you complete your payment by Friday, May 3. … We feel very fortunate to be the recipients of such a generous gift and extend our sincere thanks.”
Some parents thought if their teen was taking four exams, that the anonymous donation would cover the $420 fee, but instead the donation will pay for two exams ($210) and the student is responsible for the additional exams costs at $210.
While there was a memo from the Superintenent of Schools Bob Tremblay to the Framingham School Committee about the donation and the restrictions, that information was never relayed to students taking AP classes, nor their parents, who must pay for the fees through the City of Framingham’s payment portal.
As there are more than 650 students who would benefit from this gift, the impact is significant and greatly appreciated,” wrote the Superintendent in the memo to the School Committee. “The donor wishes to remain anonymous, therefore no commercial advertising is expected or requested. The donor has asked the school and district to make sure all students and families are aware of this opportunity.”