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A Record Number of Explorers Showcase Their Skills On AP Tests

As our student academic experience moved online due to the Pandemic in March, the quality of our education did not waiver at La Salle College High School due to our immediate pivot to a synchronous online platform using the Blackboard LMS.  The training throughout the year and our student engagement in and out of class using the LMS since September helped immensely in this transition to online learning. 

A prime example of this success is the recent scores we received from the Advanced Placement Tests in May.  For the 1st time ever, teachers were required to help students prepare for the tests and students were required to take the AP Tests from home - and the results were still outstanding!

  1. Despite trying circumstances this year, our AP students and teachers again excelled -   81% of 927 exams earned “qualifying” scores of 3 or higher.  A La Salle record: 435 students pushed themselves in 23 different AP courses. That # of  AP students is up 76% from 10 years ago!
     
  2. Our students’ combined total of qualifying scores from the 23 AP subject areas they studied was an impressive 15 percentage points higher than the global average on those subject areas and 9 percentage points higher than PA averages.
     
  3. The biggest gaps between our students’ percentage of qualifying AP scores and the global percentage this year were in Calc AB (31 percentage points higher), Chemistry (29), Physics 1 (29), Human Geography (24), Microeconomics (24), European History (23), and US History (20).  

Taking AP courses and exams can help students:

  • Stand out on college applications. AP courses on a student’s transcript shows that they’ve challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses available to them. And success on an AP Exam shows that they’re ready for college-level coursework.
     
  • Earn college credit and/or skip introductory courses in college. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States—as well as many institutions in more than 100 other countries—grant students credit, placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores

Learn more about our rigorous Academic Program at https://www.lschs.org/academics/overview

For more information about the AP Program, visit: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/about-ap-scores.

 

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