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High Grades For Cambridge Rindge And Latin School’S 2013 Advanced Placement Program

By: Sherry Madden, AP Coordinator

The number of CRLS students taking an AP exam has experienced an increase of almost 26% from previous years.  For over five years, the average number of students was 186. This year, that number rose to 234. This success is due to the efforts of teachers and administrators in increasing awareness, offering new courses and providing incentives for students to take the exam, including a new Statistics course offered by the Mathematics Department last year.

It is expected that the overall number of students taking AP exams in 2014 will continue to rise as other courses are added to the curriculum. The Math Department has added a Computer Science course and the Foreign Language Department will be launching a Spanish Literature course in the spring of 2015.

In addition to this year’s increase in overall numbers, 54 CRLS students have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams administered in May 2013.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Approximately 18% of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP Exams. Approximately 234 CRLS students sat for 391 exams in 22 subjects last spring. Below are the list of students under each category National AP Scholars. This award is granted to students in the United States who receive 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. These students are:

Louisa Carpenter-Winch
Christopher J. Desnoyers
Henry E. Eccles
 

AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Twelve students qualified for this award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are:

Liam Bodwell
Louisa Carpenter-Winch
Christopher J. Desnoyers
Yu Ding
Henry E. Eccles
Yoeal T. Efrem
Isobel W. Green
Elijah H. Gunther
Ruther E. Meadow-Macleod
Maria A. Trumble
Kevin H. Xiong
Sun-Ui Yum

AP Scholar with Honor Award. Nineteen students qualified for this award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are:

Chloe C. Barran
Hana S. Conelly
Jacob C. Greenberg
Phoebe s. Hogue-Rodley
Christina K. Kaltcheva
Helen G. Keen
Clio Macrakis
Ayele Messan Hilla
Alexander Monteverde
Anisha S. Nakagawa
Theron H. Nipson
Joshua D. Nolan
Nellie K. Ostow
David R. Ricardo
Ariela C. Schear
Maya E. Underhill-Proul
Louisa M. Winchell
Jane Yang
Mara Zinky

AP Scholar. Twenty-three qualified for this category by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams: These students are:

Aser Abrha
Isabel C. Andrews
Eric H. Chan
Johna K. Conlin
Simone Deionge
Luc A. Demarrais
Priya Gajjar
Emily Gray
Casey A. Jobin-Leeds
Ruby Johnson
Daphne Liao
Eve B. Loftus
Sula Malina
Callum Nelson
Federico Roitman
Stephan Rufer
Natalia D. Shalaby
Zachary A. Spitz
Emile M. Sternback
Lucia J. Tonachel
Ivan M. Tzonevski
Heloise Widdig
Yaxin Yu

Of this year's award recipients at CRLS, over 24% of juniors and over 9% of seniors who sat for the 2013 AP exams are currently on the list of AP Scholars. These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

Through more than 30 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation's leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP grades. Over 90% of four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or placement for qualifying exam grades. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,600 schools colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23, 000 high schools and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT the PSAT/NMSQT and the Advanced Placement Program (AP) The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

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