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Lemont High School cited to College Board’s prestigious AP District Honor Roll

12/6/2017


Lemont High School District 210 is one of 447 school districts from the United States and Canada that has been honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th annual AP District Honor Roll. District 210, which was cited on this list for the first time, was one of 23 Illinois school districts included among this year’s honorees.

Districts included on this exclusive list have, since 2015, increased the number of students participating in Advanced Placement classes while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals demonstrates that District 210 successfully identifies motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the rigors of AP courses.

Since 2015, Lemont High School has seen a 40.3 percent increase in the number of students participating in AP Exams and a 39.7 percent increase in the number of AP Exams administered to its students. Additionally, its success rate – which is defined as the percentage of exams resulting in scores of 3 or better – has increased 11.6 percent since 2015. The percentage of students who have secured at least one score of 3 or better has increased by 14.8 percent over the last two years as well.

In 2015, Lemont High School had 330 students combine to take 544 AP Exams; each of those numbers were school records at the time. Of those 544 exams, 62.7 percent resulted in scores of 3 or better. Of the 330 students who took at least one AP Exam, 60.0 percent record at least one score of 3 or better.

In 2017, Lemont High School set school records for both participation in, and success within, the AP Program. A record 760 AP Exams were administered to Lemont High School students in 2017, and a record 70.0 percent of those exams resulted in scores of 3 or better. A record 463 students took at least one AP Exam in 2017, and 68.9 percent of those students recorded at least one score of 3 or better on an AP Exam.

District 210 is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. During the 2014-15 school year, Lemont High School offered 12 AP classes. That number has increased by 50 percent, as the school now offers 18 AP classes in which students can enroll, including: AP Biology, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics I, AP Physics II, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language & Composition, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP U.S. History and AP World History.

The College Board’s AP Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still enrolled in high school, allowing them to receive college credit, advanced placement at the college level, or both based on their performance on the AP exams.

Lemont High School has had seven students earn National AP Scholar accolades over the last two years, including a school-record five in 2017. Among the five was current senior Martynas Juskelis, who became the first student in school history to earn the honor prior to graduating from high school.

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. Inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data (2015-17) and looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

In order to be cited to the AP District Honor Roll, school districts must have:
  • Increased participation/access to AP classes by at least four percent in large districts, at least six percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent 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 a 3 or better on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improved or maintained performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district already had attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earned a 3 or higher.

Click here for the complete 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll

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