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More than 450 Utica Community Schools students honored as Advanced Placement scholars
More than 450 Utica Community Schools students honored as Advanced Placement scholars
Posted on 07/27/2018
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More than 450 Utica Community Schools students earned top honors this year through the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) program.

The College Board, which administers the AP tests, has announced that 457 UCS students received national scholar designations.

“Utica Community Schools encourages all students to challenge themselves through rigorous Advanced Placement courses,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “No matter their chosen career and college path, students gain valuable experiences and confidence that will make a difference in their post-secondary success.”

AP courses, which are offered at secondary schools, give students the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Students must successfully pass a test administered by the College Board to earn the college credit. Students are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

Honors earned by UCS students include:

  • National Scholar status to twelve students who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar with Distinction status to 127 students who received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar with Honor status to 80 students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • AP Scholar status to 250 students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

In the 2017-2018 school year, 2,510 UCS students took a total of 3,897 AP exams.

The number of students taking AP exams and earning scholar status has increased for the district. Last year, 2,160 students took AP exams with 431 earning scholar status.

 

UCS currently offers 31 Advanced Placement courses.