Of those who earned this distinction, 46 were recognized as AP Scholars, 26 as AP Scholars with Honor and 24 as AP Scholars with Distinction. In addition to these impressive awards, two students received the highest possible AP designation; namely, National AP Scholar.
This is the third year in a row in which SJB has seen an impressive jump in both AP participation and achievement. The 96 AP Scholars represent an increase of over 35 percent from 2011-2012 and an increase of 85 percent from 2010-2011. In addition to this growth, 24.2 percent of all 2013 graduating seniors took and earned a score of 3 on at least one AP exam.
SJB currently offers 11 AP classes and intends to add 2 new AP courses, AP Physics and AP Music Theory, for the 2014-2015 school year. In response to these developments Darius Penikas, Assistant Principal, stated “we are very proud of our students and teachers, this is great news which speaks to their level of academic commitment and focus”.
AP represents the Advanced Placement program offered by the College Board. This organization administers a program where course syllabi are submitted and reviewed to gain AP designation.
In addition, the College Board offers exams at the end of the school year to determine whether students who took the AP course gained a college or university level of proficiency in that subject. The exams are graded on a scale of 1-5. Grades at a level of 3 or higher represent college level proficiency in that subject. Many colleges and universities across the United States give college credit to students who earn a 3 or higher on AP exams.