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JTHS students earn honors

8/10/2017, midnight
Joliet Township High School is proud to announce the success of its students who took the College Board's Advanced Placement ...

Michael A. Vargas, Rebecca A. Verchimak, Trey M. Viramontes, Juliana M. Wallace, Jonathan M. Waszak, Jonathon R. Yanello, Michael A. Yanes, Jacob A. Yarnell, Edwin F. Zamudio, and Tess Zolp.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program(r) (AP(r)) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level

courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

On February 8, 2017, Joliet Township High School District 204 was named the College Board's Advanced Placement(r) District of the Year for being the nation's leader among small school districts in simultaneously expanding access to Advanced Placement Program(r) (AP) courses and improving students' performance on AP Exams. JTHS is one out of 10,000 schools in the nation to receive this award. Advanced Placement courses allow students to earn college credit while enrolled in high school. Participating in AP coursework leads to college savings for families

because the typical student who scores a 3 or higher on two AP Exams has the potential to save, on average, $1,779 at a public four-year college and over $6,000

at a private institution.

From 2014 to 2016, Joliet Township High School District 204:

  • Simultaneously and continuously increased the number of students taking AP classes while improving successful outcomes (a score of 3 or higher) on AP Exams, with 39

percent of all AP students scoring a 3 or higher in 2016;

  • Increased student participation in AP by 16 percent annually and the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam by 4 percent annually; and

  • Increased the percentage of traditionally underrepresented minority AP students earning a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam by 7 percent annually - an increase of 83 students since 2014.