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Plainfield: Record-high District 202 students named 2018 AP Scholars

7/24/2018, 5:24 p.m.
Thetimesweekly.com Plainfield – A record-high 395 District 202 high school graduates and current students have been named 2018 AP Scholars ...

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Plainfield – A record-high 395 District 202 high school graduates and current students have been named 2018 AP Scholars based on their performance on the Advanced Placement exams given during the 2017-2018 school year.

This year’s 395 AP Scholars is 19 more than last year’s 376 AP Scholars, which was also a record high.

District 202 recorded 104 AP Scholars in 2010, the first year that students from all four high schools took AP exams. The number of AP Scholars has increased each year.

This year’s group includes 14 students named National AP Scholars, the highest Scholar designation. There were 10 National Scholars last year.

As well, one student earned an AP International Diploma. This recognition is available to international students attending secondary schools outside the U.S. and to U.S. high school students applying to universities outside the country. It certifies outstanding academic excellence with a global perspective. This is the first year that a District 202 student has received an AP International Diploma.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program allows motivated and academically prepared high school students to take challenging, college-level courses and get college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

District 202 has worked for several years to empower and encourage students to take more challenging courses.

Those efforts include offering more AP courses, increasing access to those classes and provided additional support to students who choose to take them. In 2006, District 202 offered only four AP courses. District 202 now offers 25 AP courses.

Students do not have to take the AP exams associated with their courses, but most do. Students may earn college credit for their subject area by taking the tests for their AP classes. As well, the testing program helps district staff to gauge how effectively the courses are being taught.

This year’s results follow major initiatives implemented over the last several years to improve high school achievement, including increasing the number of more challenging courses; making it easier for more students to take such courses; and eliminating some lower-level classes, among numerous other systemic upgrades.

The 2018 AP Scholars include:

• Plainfield High School – Central Campus -- 78 students, up from 69 last year;

• Plainfield South High School -- 111 students, up from 85 last year;

• Plainfield North High School -- 99 students, down from 102 last year;

• Plainfield East High School -- 107 students, down from 120 last year.

The AP Scholar Awards are given at four levels:

• AP Scholars earned at least a 3 (out of a possible five) on three or more AP exams.

o This year, District 202 had 182 AP Scholars, the same as last year.

• AP Scholars with Honor earned an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

o This year, District 202 had 88 AP Scholars with Honor, up from 77 last year.

• AP Scholars with Distinction earned 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.