Last updated: June 01. 2013 12:24PM - 348 Views
Anthony Gonzalez
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Elkin City Schools achieved another milestone, as it was listed among 539 school systems in the nation and seven in North Carolina named to the 3rd Annual AP Honor Roll.

The College Board recognized these public school districts for increasing student access to Advanced Placement course work while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students with scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

“Being recognized for the AP Honor Roll reflects the efforts that our staff has in ensuring that all students are College and Career Ready,” said Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe. “Our staff at the high school continues to encourage students to excel in academics and enroll in classes that will help our students in preparation for college. The students who take the AP courses are are to be commended for their hard work and congratulated for earning credit for college.

“Providing opportunities for AP courses allows each student to expand his/her academic portfolio and with the help of our school counselors (Mary Ann Osment and Paige Jackson), our NC Virtual School facilitator (TrishLong), and AP teachers (Erin Jones, Kent Millsaps, Ben Gentry, Candy Hendrix, and Betsy White) students are motivated to excel in his/her selected course(s),” continued Bledsoe.

According to College Board, large schools had to increase their participation rate by at least 4 percent to be eligible. Medium-sized schools had to increase theirs by 6 percent or more, and the participation rate at small schools had to jump by 10 percent.

Other districts in North Carolina recognized are Ashe, Chatham, Cleveland and Davidson counties, Nash/Rocky Mount, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth.

Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the District is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work.

“As a school system, we will continue to offer a challenging, rigorous curriculum and hope that more students will take advantage of this opportunity,” continued Bledsoe.

More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or above on an AP Exam – which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or agonzalez@heartlandpublications.com.

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