More than 400 UCS students named Advanced Placement scholars
More than 400 UCS students named Advanced Placement scholars
Posted on 10/15/2017
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More than 400 Utica Community Schools students earned top honors through the rigorous college-level Advanced Placement (AP) program.

The College Board, which administers the AP tests, has announced that 431 UCS students have received national scholar designations.

“UCS is committed to providing all students access to college-level coursework that prepares them for successful post-secondary experiences,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said.

The students were honored at the Oct. 9 UCS Board of Education meeting. 

AP courses, which are offered at secondary schools, give students the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Students must successfully pass a test administered by the College Board to earn the college credit. Students are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. 

Honors earned by UCS students include:

  • National Scholar status to six students who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar with Distinction status to 102 students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. 
  • AP Scholar with Honor status to 75 students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 
  • AP Scholar status to 248 students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. 

In the 2016-2017 school year, 2,160 UCS students took a total of 3,680 AP exams.

UCS currently offers 31 Advanced Placement courses.