Mount St. Mary Academy has been named to the Advanced Placement Program (AP) School Honor Roll, earning Gold distinction, as recently announced by College Board.
The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.
Seventy-one percent of Mount St. Mary Academy’s Class of 2023 took at least one AP exam during high school, 59% scored a three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 31% took five or more AP exams. The latter two percentages meet minimum Platinum-level criteria. Additionally, 27 members of the Class of 2023 were named AP Scholars.
Mount St. Mary Academy offers 26 AP courses in seven different subject areas, as well as the full AP Capstone Diploma program. Students who participate in the AP Capstone Diploma program have completed the most rigorous course of studies available at the school. Eight students in the Class of 2023 achieved AP Capstone Diploma honors last year.
“AP represents an opportunity for students to stand out to colleges, earn college credit and placement, and potentially boost their grade point averages,” said Trevor Packer, head of the AP program. “The recognized schools have shown they can expand access to these college-level courses and still drive high performance – they represent the best of our AP program.”
College Board’s Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both – while still in high school. Through 38 different AP courses, each culminating in a challenging exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond.