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UCS students continue to achieve success in college-level Advancement Placement courses
UCS students continue to achieve success in college-level Advancement Placement courses
Posted on 09/19/2019
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Utica Community Schools is increasing both the student participation and success levels in college level Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams.  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.

Over the past four years, the number of students participating in the district’s 30 AP programs and taking the national exam has grown by approximately 32 percent. Recently, more than 500 students were honored as AP Scholars by the College Board, which administers the AP program.  According to the College Board, UCS has more students participating in AP courses than any other Michigan school district.

“Our community has high expectations for all students to achieve success in rigorous courses,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “Our district promotes a culture that encourages all students to pursue their interests and achieve their post-secondary college and career goals.”

Since 2016, the number of students enrolled in AP courses has grown from 2,945 to 3,863. During that same time, the number of exams taken by UCS has increased from 3,290 to 4,349.  The tests are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Students who score a 3 or higher will receive consideration for credit by college and universities.

Here is the breakdown of this year’s top honors earned from College Board:

  • 17 students received National AP Scholar status
    Students had 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.
  • 130 students received AP Scholar with Distinction status
    Students 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.
  • 93 students received AP Scholar with Honor status
    Students 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.
  • 278 students received AP Scholar status
    Students received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Last year, 457 students received scholar honors from the College Board.

The district provides support for students who increase the rigor of their academic coursework including those participating in Advanced Placement.  Partnerships have been developed with national organizations, such as Equal Opportunity Schools, Advancement Via Individual Determination, Microsoft and the College Board, to drive successful student outcomes.