Scotia-Glenville named to Advanced Placement District Honor Roll for first time

Recognition is an indication of an effort to enroll more students in AP classes at Scotia-Glenville and having more students taking the AP exams

Logo showing the 8th annual AP District Honor RollScotia-Glenville has been named to the 8th annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll for the first time, an indication of the school district’s push to have more students enroll in AP courses and do well on the exams.

In fact, Scotia-Glenville has had “significant” gains in the number of students enrolled in AP classes and the percentage receiving a 3 or higher has remained steady, according to the College Board, which publishes the annual poll. “Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP,” the College Board said in its release of the poll.

The AP District Honor Roll listed Scotia-Glenville among 447 school district across the United States and Canada who were listed on the honor roll.

Here is information about the Honor Roll – https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll

“I’m so proud of our students for challenging themselves and committing to take these college-level courses with fidelity and will follow through by taking the year-end examination,” said Principal Peter Bednarek. “Our teachers have increased their training and are working hard so our students are able to enter college with great advantages.”

Bednarek also noted that students are able to get assistance with paying for the exams if necessary. He discusses that with parents during an AP planning meeting, typically in February each year.

He also thanked the hard work and support of Susan Vachris and Randy Jenkins, our Academic Heads, and Karen Swain, our Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction “who came together to articulate and promote an enhanced philosophy for Advanced Placement and College Courses.”

“Congratulations to all the educators and administrators at Scotia-Glenville who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to participate and succeed in AP,” said Trevor Packer, head of AP and Instruction. “These educators and administrators are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows students to face new challenges and build the confidence to succeed.”

Scotia-Glenville has done increasingly well on the AP exams

The poll is based on data from 2015-2017 across 38 AP exams offered. The Scotia-Glenville data shows the following:

  • The total number of students enrolled in AP classes has climbed from 108 in 2015 to 156 in 2017 – a 44 percent increase.
  • The number of AP exams taken by S-G students increased from 169 in 2015 to 259 in 2017 – a 53 percent increase.
  • The percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher – generally the level at which they can receive college credit – increased from 67.6 percent in 2015 to 69.2 percent in 2017 – a 2.4 percent increase. The percentage stayed stable as the number of students taking the tests increased.

In addition, Scotia-Glenville students did very well on the AP exams in 2017:

  • Of 44 students who took the Biology AP exam, 37 scored a 3 or higher.
  • Of 42 students who took the English Language and Composition AP exam, 27 scored a 3 or higher.
  • Of 33 students who took the Psychology AP exam, 20 scored a 3 or higher.
  • Of 29 students who took the World History AP exam, 22 scored a 3 or higher.
  • Of 15 students who took the Calculus AB AP exam, 13 scored a 3 or higher.
  • Of 15 students who took the Statistics AP exam, 6 scored a 3 or higher.
  • Of 7 students who took the Chemistry AP exam, 6 scored a 3 or higher.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process.

Criteria for the AP District Honor Roll

To be named to the AP District Honor Roll, districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

AP Philosophy at Scotia-Glenville

Each year, SG sends a philosophy statement to parents as their students enroll in AP classes:

Scotia-Glenville High School is committed to offering a wide array of AP Courses taught by well-trained teachers, based on the belief that participating in challenging high school courses is the best way for students to prepare for success in college and career.  The standards and rigor that Advanced Placement classes provide offer an ideal environment for SGHS students to develop powerful academic skills, stretch their capabilities, and prepare for the academic demands of college coursework.  To that end, SGHS believes that preparing for and taking the AP exam is an essential component of completing any AP Course with fidelity and thereby gaining maximum benefit from the AP Program.

AP Course Offerings

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science (Principles)
  • Economics
  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • US History
  • World History