Community High School District 155 is one of 539 schools districts in the United States and Canada earning the honor of being named to the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll.
The College Board selects school districts that expand students' access to Advanced Placement courses while at the same time increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP (Advanced Placement) exams, according to District 155.
Since 2010, the number of District 155 students participating in AP courses has risen by 154 participants. At the same time, District 155 has maintained the high percentage (86%) of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher, according to District 155.
Most District 155 AP students take multiple exams in various areas of coursework such AP physics, AP computer science, AP chemistry, AP language and composition, AP History, AP Spanish, etc. in hopes of earning college credit before graduating high school and save money on tuition fees.
In District 155, the number of AP exams taken by students rose from 1,312 exams in 2010, to 1,665 in 2012, district officials said.
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, according to District 155.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the College Board,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, District 155 superintendent.
“It is a testament to the efforts our faculty and administration have invested to promote and successfully implement the AP curriculum for our students. Our estimates indicate that the Class of 2012 alone saved $1.9 million in college costs as a result of AP honor scores.”
Community High School District 155 has four high schools: Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Prairie Ridge and Cary-Grove that serve more than 7,000 students in Crystal Lake, Cary, Fox River Grove, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, Oakwood Hills, Prairie Grove, Bull Valley and Ridgefield.