Students earning AP distinctions on the rise

Every year, Garland ISD students receive the opportunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) tests to assess skills learned in classes that range from science to psychology. Scoring a 3, 4 or 5 on exams can not only earn students college credit. It can earn them distinctions as well.

The College Board recently announced 584 district students as AP Scholars. This marks a more than 100-student increase from 2016 and a more than 300-student increase since 2014.

“This recognition validates our college and career readiness efforts within GISD,” said Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Jovan Wells. “I am proud of these students who are committed to academic achievement, as well as their teachers who are dedicated to preparing them for success.”

The College Board honor consists of several categories, including AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, AP Scholar with Distinction and National AP Scholar. Criteria for each ranges from earning a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams to averaging a score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken in addition to scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams. One student from Garland High School even earned an AP International Diploma. This award recognizes those who are applying to universities outside of the U.S and display exceptional achievement across a variety of disciplines, scoring a 3 or higher on five or more AP tests. The remaining honorees attend all seven district high schools. Their award breakdown by school is below.

Garland High School: 66 AP Scholars, 23 AP Scholars with Honor, 15 AP Scholars with Distinction, one AP International Diploma

Lakeview Centennial High School: 27 AP Scholars, seven AP Scholars with Honor, three AP Scholars with Distinction

Naaman Forest high School: 43 AP Scholars, two AP Scholars with Honor, two AP Scholars with Distinction

North Garland High School: 114 AP Scholars, 10 AP Scholars with Honor, 24 AP Scholars with Distinction, three National AP Scholars

Rowlett High School: 90 AP Scholars, seven AP Scholars with Honor, 16 AP Scholars with Distinction, two National AP Scholars

Sachse High School: 86 AP Scholars, 13 AP Scholars with Honor, 27 AP Scholars with Distinction, four National AP Scholars

South Garland High School: eight AP Scholars, one AP Scholar with Distinction

“To see our AP program continue to grow and excel is extremely rewarding. By taking AP courses and challenging the exams, our students are better prepared for college. The possibility to earn college credit and distinctions positively impacts their lives even more,” commented Advanced Academics Administrator Kristyn Edney.

Two years ago, GISD began paying for all AP exam fees, which can cost up to $120. This allows students to take the tests for free, hopefully reaping the many benefits involved.