Three students at South Williamsport Area High School have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides willing 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.
About 20 percent of the 2.1 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.
At South Williamsport Area High School, Bridget Pfirman qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Two students, Sarah Fils-Aime and Paul Warner, qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher.
South Williamsport Area High School offers five AP courses including United States history, world history, English literature and composition, calculus AB and United States government and politics.
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission 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 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores.
Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and-or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.
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 have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.