High School Programs

AP Biology Hinton Scholars Program

The AP Biology Hinton Scholars Program is designed to enhance students' understanding of AP Biology concepts, provide laboratory exposure, and increase knowledge about careers in science.

Program Description

The Advanced Placement (AP) Biology Hinton Scholars Program is an after-school enrichment program designed to enhance students' understanding of the AP Biology Big Ideas framework. Components include: hands-on inquiry-based AP bio science labs, small group tutoring led by Harvard medical and graduate students, enhancement of students’ scientific communication skills, mastery of digital probeware tools, and access to Harvard lectures, conferences, researchers, and faculty, and career panel discussions in the biomedical sciences.

Hinton Scholars AP Biology students, Paula Chavez (John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science) and Mehdi Islam (Boston Latin Academy) had a life-changing opportunity to attend the National Student Leadership Conference in Medicine and Health Care during the summer of 2015. Students were chosen based upon their year-long commitment to attending AP Biology tutoring, laboratory and review sessions at Harvard Medical School. Paula and Mehdi specifically cited the program’s impact on their leadership and collaboration skills. These “soft skills” are reinforced by both the Hinton and  NSLC programs and can increase success in college.

Boston Latin Academy students share their Boston iPad Summit experiences helping teach how digital technologies have changed the Biology lab. Big Ideas in the Digital BioLab immersed 30 teachers in a hands-on exploration of cellular respiration using plants and seeds. (November 12-14, 2014) | More...

Hinton Scholars AP Biology Orientation

The Hinton program kicks off its twentieth year with an orientation program for all students, teachers and tutors. A major focus of the event is to introduce students from four Boston Public High Schools to their Harvard mentors. Nine Harvard graduate and post-doctoral fellows will volunteer their time to mentor small groups of AP Biology students over the academic year. Hinton will serve 111 students in collaboration with five Boston AP Biology teachers.

Information on becoming a program tutor
Date and time

October 6, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm


Online zoom meeting

Participating Schools

Boston Latin Academy

Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

English High School


Joan Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Assistant in Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert Simpson, MLA
Science Curriculum Specialist, Harvard Medical School, Office for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Partnership