EHS Students Achieve High Ap Exam Performance

EUREKA— A record number of Eureka High School students have been recognized for their extraordinary performance on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken last spring. 18 students at Eureka High School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level AP Examinations.

According to Kathleen Salter, Eureka High School’s college advisor, a total of 292 students were enrolled in AP courses last school year with more than 80% receiving a score of 3 or higher on their AP exams.

Salter is quite pleased with the students’ performance and notes that the school has two additional AP courses for students this school year. “Eureka High has added two AP courses this year: AP language and composition for 11th grade English students and AP music theory,” said Salter. “This brings our total number of AP course offerings at Eureka High to nine. If students pass the AP exams offered in May for each of their courses completed, they earn college credit.”

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.3 million high school students in more than 16,000 secondary schools worldwide who took the AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the student’s performance on the AP exams.

Three Eureka High School students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning 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. These students are Frederick Hope, Mark Myslin and Christopher Scheffler.

At Eureka High School, eight students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning 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. These students are Colby Burns, Margaret Filomeo, Kelsey Larson, Kari Lentz, Graham McGibbon, Heather Price, Matthew Steinwachs and Stephen Sundberg.

Seven Eureka High School students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Dillon Ayers, Amanda Carroll, Seiche Genger, Christopher Toney, Glenn Ulansey, Chelsea Van Buskirk and Alexander Vitale.

In addition to its new AP course offerings in language and composition and music theory, Eureka High School also offers AP calculus, AP English literature, AP government, AP physics, AP Spanish, AP statistics, and AP U.S. History.

Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both based on successful performance on the AP Exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year’s credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades. In 2006, 35 AP Exams were offered in a wide variety of subject areas, each consisting of multiple-choice and free-response (essay or problem-solving) questions.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,000 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves 7 million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT and the Advanced Placement Program. The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns,

For more information contact Kathleen Salter, Eureka High School college advisor, at 441-2508.