More AP Scholars at Armstrong High School in 2018

More AP Scholars at Armstrong High School in 2018
Posted on 07/31/2018
Armstrong High School has increased its number of Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars.  

There were 206 Scholars in 2018 compared to 188 for 2017. The College Board recognizes students who take 3 or more AP exams and score a 3 or higher on these exams as AP Scholars.  Principal David Dahl says the increase is a result of a redesign of the English program at the school.

"The English 9 and English 10 grade curriculum utilizes AP Scoring Rubrics," Dahl said. "All students in 9th and 10th grade take these classes. These classes definitely prepare our students to take rigorous AP courses at Armstrong."

Dahl also credits the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Classrooms incorporate strategies from AVID to prepare students for AP classes.  Also, many of the Armstrong teachers who teach AP courses take part in AP test reading in the spring. This enables them to read and score tests from other students across the country, Dahl added.

"This is valuable training which they can then bring back to their AP classes," he said. 

Performing well in AP classes can help students and families even after high school.

"Students who take AP tests and score a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP test can receive college credit for that course. All schools in the Minnesota State University system and the University of Minnesota recognize AP courses. Many private colleges also give credit to students who score a 3,4 or 5 on their AP tests."