December 2, 2014
As a result of increasing student Advanced Placement (AP) scores and participation in college preparation courses, Leyden High School Dist. 212 was placed on the New York-based College Board’s fifth annual AP District honor role last week.
School officials note Dist. 212 has more than 30 percent low-income students and more than 30 percent minority students.
The AP program provides college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities provide placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.
“Of the 547 districts on the honor roll, Leyden is one of only 11 districts that has been on the list for consecutive years and has more than 30 percent of low-income students and more than 30 percent of minority students,” said Dist. 212 Supt. Nick Polyak. “Those combined statistics further underscore the amazing work being done by our Leyden students and teachers.”
In 2014, more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, officials said.
“The devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering academic opportunities to their students. When coupled with a student’s hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes, whether building confidence, learning to craft effective arguments, earning credit for college, or persisting to graduate from college on time,” Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and instruction said.
Inclusion on the honor roll is based on three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, of 34 AP exams, including world language and culture.