3 Virtual Sessions: 

Thursday, February 4th - 12:30-2:30
Thursday, February 18th - 12:30-2:30
Thursday, March 4th - 12:30-2:30


Is your school having conversations about dropping your AP program or is this a taboo subject and a bit of a sacred cow? Can you envision a post-COVID strategy that would free you from the shackles of AP? Would colleges and universities be friends or foes in a “beyond AP” conversation? There are numerous models in which strong independent schools have bound together to take this leap...and the payoff has been HUGE... for student inquiry, academic freedom, and mission-based curricular decision-making . If this piques your interest, please join us for this 3-part deep dive conversation! We’ll hear from a cross-section of stakeholders at schools that have successfully transitioned along with college representatives and curriculum experts as we examine the outcomes, wrestle with the pros and cons, and explore the possibility of an NCAIS “beyond AP” coalition.

  • Session I will focus on Learning Outcomes and feature a panel of teachers, students, and alumni
  • Session 2 will focus on the Institutional Impact and will feature a panel of administrators and independent school curriculum experts
  • Session 3 will focus on the External Impact and will feature a panel of college admissions leaders



February 4th - Impact on Learning
12:30 - Welcome and Overview - Linda Nelson, Executive Director, NCAIS and Moderator - Warren Gould, Upper School Division Head, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
12:40 - Teacher Panel 
~ Connie Stravrakas - English Teacher - Cannon School
~ Bryan Hunt - Government and Politics Teacher - Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
~ Frances Brindle - Biology Advanced Biology Teacher -  Carolina Friends School
1:10 - 20-minute Breakout
1:30 - Student Panel
~ Emily Busby - Student - Cannon School
~ Zoe Love - Student - Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
~ Chaitan Wong - Student - Carolina Friends School
1:50 - Alumnae Panel
~ Lily Gardner - Alumna - Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
~ Noah Hardy - Alumnus - Carolina Friends School

2:10 - 20-Minute Breakout (Program concludes at 2:30)

February 18th - Institutional Impact
12:30 - Welcome
12:35 - Panel of School Administrators - Fabio Hurtado, Cannon School - Moderator
~ Warren Gould, Upper School Division Director, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
~ Peter Gow, Independent Curriculum Resource Director, One Schoolhouse
~ Neal Keesee, Associate Head of School, Christchurch School, Christchurch, Virginia
~ Ilana Pergam, Director of Academic Program, The Chapin School
~ Karey Boals, Director of College Guidance, The Chapin School
~ Nate Rogers, Upper School Academic Dean, Cannon School
~ Lauren Brownlee, Upper School Division Head, Carolina Friends School
~ John Kowalik, Head of School, The Potomac School
1:40 - Breakouts
2:10 - Full Panel Discussion - Questions from Attendees
2:30 - Program Concludes  

March 4th - External Impact
12:30 - Welcome
12:35 - Panel of College Admissions Leaders
Confirmed Panelists:
~ Cindy Ganas, University of Georgia 
~ Jua Howard, Berkeley
~ Joe Montgomery, Tuskegee University
Additional panelists to be announced
1:15 - 10 minute Breakout
1:25 - Administrator Panel Continued
2:00 - 15 Minute Breakout
2:15 - Sharing, Wrap-up, and Next Steps
2:30 - Program Concludes 

Cost: $195 per NCAIS school (up to 3 participants), Guests $249 per school (up to 3 participants)