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Pennridge High School Placed on the College Board’s 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll
Only 373 Schools Across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored

Pennridge High School is among only 373 schools in North America (U.S. and Canada) honored by the College Board with placement on its 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. 

To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, Pennridge had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in Advanced Placement classes while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. 

“This is a wonderful tribute to the hard work of our students, our teachers, and the Curriculum Department,” said Dr. David A. Bolton, superintendent.

In Pennsylvania, only 46 high schools earned the distinction. Closer to home, Pennridge was among four Bucks County School high schools to join the Honor Roll this year.

“The Pennridge School District is committed to expanding the availability of Advanced Placement courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds,” said the superintendent.

In May 2018, 355 PHS students, a 28 percent increase over the previous year, took a total of 645 AP exams in 21 subjects. 82 percent of those who took the test scored a 3 or higher. Their average score was 3.49 on a 5-point scale.

In addition to two National AP Scholars, the College Board awarded AP Scholar with Distinction status to 36 PHS students (average score of 4.16), AP Scholar with Honor status to 27 students (average score of 3.81) and AP Scholar status to 48 students (average score of 3.81).

“We are extremely proud of the hard work that our students and staff have exhibited through these scores,” said Pennridge High School Principal Gina DeBona. “The increase in testing scores are tangible proof that our teachers are on the right track and our students are working to their highest potential.”

Trevor Packard, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board, said success in Advanced Placement is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them.

“I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school,” said Packard. 

In 2018, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used. Districts must:
  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts such as Pennridge;

  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam; and

  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.