IT's the highest percentage of passing to date, say school officials.
The new school year at St. John's Catholic Prep in Buckeystown is starting out on a positive note. The school says out of the 82 students who took 126 Advanced Placement exams last year, 75% scored three or higher. "In tracking AP data and scores over the past eight years, this is the highest percentage of passing AP scores to date," says Marc Minsker, Principal, St. John's Catholic Prep.
"Here at St. John's, we offer 15 AP course every year. We encourage students to take these courses. They're offered through a curriculum that's given by the College Board," Minsker says.
The AP courses offered at St. John's include Literature and Composition, Language and Composition, Art History, French, Spanish, Latin, Calculus AB and BC, Statistics, Physics C, Biology, Environmental Science, US and European History, Government and Economics.
Minsker says taking AP courses can be a plus to students, especially if they're planning to go on to college. "There's more rigorous that typical high school classes, thus preparing the student better for college-level courses," says Minsker. "Certainly, they strengthen a student's transcript for the purposes of college admissions. And also they may help a student earn college credit while still in high school, that is if they're able to score a passing grade, which would be a three or higher on the exam."
But, he says, teachers of AP courses are not teaching to the test. "It is really training students to think critically, and also being able to dissect information to understand, yes what the test is asking, but going beyond just kind of recall," says Minsker.
St. John's Catholic Prep at 3983 Buckeystown Pike in Buckeystown will begin the fall semester on Tuesday, August 27th. Minsker says enrollment is expected to be 262 students. He says the goal is to reach 300 students.