A STAR JOURNAL SPECIAL REPORT

Advance Placement is a program of college-level courses offered at high schools across the country, run by the College Board. AP classes give students the experience of taking an intro-level college class while still in high school, with the added bonus of potentially earning college credit.

In the early twentieth century, according to the College Board, Americans began to realize the gap between secondary and higher education was widening. Following World War II, the Ford Foundation created the Fund for the Advancement of Education in effort to create a better-educated work force. Pilot programs, studies and committees led to the launch of a program with 11 courses. In 1956 the College Board took over, and has been running every since. Today, more than 2.4 million students take AP exams every year in 38 subjects.

AP exams are scored on a one to five scale; college credit can be typically earned by scoring a three or higher.
Students who have achieved scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams are AP Scholars. Students with an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams are recognized as AP Scholars with Honor. Those with an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and a score of 3 or higher on five or more exams are the AP Scholars with Distinction.

Congratulations to these RHS students for achieving the status of 2020 AP Scholars. Laney Waydick Laney Waydick, AP Scholar
I will be attending the University of Texas at Dallas for an undergraduate degree in neuroscience including a minor in German. I hope to attend medical school following my bachelor’s degree to specialize in either forensic pathology or orthopedic surgery.
Taking AP courses was the best decision I could’ve made for myself. These classes not only taught me crucial study skills I will need in college, but also how to work hard to succeed in areas that may be challenging. In addition, I also learned how to manage my time […]

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