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Catholic schools in diocese named to AP District Honor Roll

West Catholic StudentsGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The College Board has placed the Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic Schools on its 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Grand Rapids is one of 12 diocesan education offices and 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be honored.
The award is based on increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP®) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP Exams. Students must receive at least a three out of a five on an exam to be eligible for college credit after taking the high school course.
The award is based on AP course offerings, participation, and results at all four High Schools in the diocese. Those schools are Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School, West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, St. Patrick High School in Portland and Muskegon Catholic Central High School. This year, our four high schools offered more than 30 AP courses. Being named to the AP® District Honor Roll indicates the schools are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP.
“We are very proud of the opportunities and excellent academics our four high schools provide to our students. Catholic schools are known for strong faith and academic excellence, and we believe that all students should have access to challenging coursework,” said Cindy Kendall, Assistant Superintendent for Catholic Schools. “This recognition celebrates the dedication and hard work by our Advanced Placement teachers and students, and is further evidence that our high schools excel at providing a rigorous education that includes mind, body and spirit.”  
Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses to prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. This past year, almost 370 students took one or more AP Exams and our students continue to excel in these academic areas with almost 40 students being named AP Scholars. The AP Scholar Award is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
In 2014, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores. 
Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, looking across 34 AP Exams. The following criteria were used to determine the award.
Districts must:
  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least four percent in large districts, at least six percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a three or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a three or higher.
The complete 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll can be found here.