edX Opportunities for Students

High School Initiative

Sometimes you want to complete a course for the sheer joy of learning something new. And sometimes you take a course to prepare yourself for future education.

Colleges and universities find that many students could benefit from taking a few extra courses to help close the readiness gap between high school and college. To address this need, edX has launched a high school initiative–an initial collection of 27 new online courses, including Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses and high school level courses in a wide variety of subject areas.

A generous grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, along with grants from the Wertheimer Fund and Fariborz Maseeh / The Massiah Foundation, will help fund edX’s high school initiative. All 27 courses will be offered for free with some courses offering a Verified Certificate of Achievement option, available for a fee that varies by course.

These courses will better prepare high school students for college and offer learners of all ages an introduction to new areas of study and disciplines. Students can use the courses to prepare for college and the AP exams and to supplement AP coursework. Teachers can also use the new high school course materials to augment their classroom curriculum.

Covering subject areas ranging from mathematics to science, English and history, the edX high school initiative will provide students around the world who don’t have access to AP courses the opportunity to pursue challenging, advanced coursework.


edX Members:

  • Boston University
  • Georgetown University
  • MIT
  • Rice University
  • TU Delft
  • UC Berkeley
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • UT Arlington
  • UT Austin
  • Wellesley College
  • Davidson College

Other Organizations:

  • Cooper Union
  • School Yourself
  • St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
  • Tennessee Board of Regents
  • Weston Public High School

*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which is not currently in partnership with edX to develop or promote these offerings.

For more information, go to edX High School Initiative