2017-08-11 / School

GCHS students garner top designations on 2017 AP Exams

Each year, Garden City High School students sit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Depending on a student’s results and the college or university he/she will be attending, these exams can count toward college credit, savings thousands of dollars on coursework (or freeing the student to take higher level courses earlier in his/her college career), and serving as valuable collegereadiness preparation.

The College Board administrates the tests, scores exams on a scale of 0-5 (5 being the highest), and determines four levels of overall student achievement: Scholars, Scholars with Honors, Scholars with Distinction, and National Scholars. Each level is increasingly difficult to attain: Scholars must achieve grades of 3 or higher on three or more exams; Scholars with Honors must achieve an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams; Scholars with Distinction must achieve an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams; and National Scholars must receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

As illustrated in the attached chart, since 2008, the high school has had a steady increase in the total number of exams taken by its students. For 2017, Garden City High School students sat for 1,254 AP exams, and achieved the second highest total since 2008 of students scoring 3+. The total number of Scholars noted by The College Board was 222, a tie with the total achieved in 2015, and the second highest ever achieved by GCHS students. For National Scholars, the total for 2017 was 14, tied with 2016 and 2011. Again, these designations are awarded by The College Board to any student who has taken the exams and achieved high scores.

Congratulations to all our students for setting the bar high for themselves and to the high school administration and AP teachers for preparing our students so well! ever achieved by GCHS students. For National Scholars, the total for 2017 was 14, tied with 2016 and 2011. Again, these designations are awarded by The College Board to any student who has taken the exams and achieved high scores.

Congratulations to all our students for setting the bar high for themselves and to the high school administration and AP teachers for preparing our students so well!

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