Highland Local School District is among 447 districts across the U.S. and Canada to be named to the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This is the fifth time that Highland has received this honor, which recognizes districts for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.
“This is a significant achievement for our staff, our students and our community,” stated Mrs. Carrie Knapp, Principal at Highland High School. “As one of the top ranked schools in the State of Ohio, we pride ourselves on offering educational opportunities with increased rigor and a challenging curriculum. Our students are encouraged to push themselves academically through the courses they choose to study and recognition by the College Board is an excellent representation of that.”
The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available and that all students have an opportunity to participate. Inclusion on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the following criteria:
- Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- Increased or maintained percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Is-lander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
- Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2017 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2015, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
AP course work and exams enable students to prepare to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam, which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
Inclusion on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017. The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
- Highland High School offers 16 AP courses and exams.
- In May 2017, 620 exams were administered to 287 students.
- 13 seniors earned the title of AP Scholar, taking three exams with an average score of at least 3.0.
- 23 students earned AP Scholar with Honor, meaning they received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
- 21 seniors earned AP Scholar with Distinction, granted to students who receive at least a 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
- 4 students earned National AP Scholar, meaning they received an average of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these.
For more information, please visit: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll