PELHAM, N.Y. - The Pelham School District has made the College Board’s third annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll, school officials have announced.
The district was one of 539 throughout the country named for making AP courses available to more students. Students also improved in these courses.
Pelham High School principal Jeannine Clark said the honor fits the school’s efforts.
“We have made a concerted effort at PMHS to give more students opportunities to enroll in both AP and other college-level courses,” Clark said in a statement. “Research shows that students who complete at least one college-level course while still in high school fare better in college. We also recognize that advanced placement courses can give a student a competitive edge in the college admission process.”
Districts are selected based on their performance in providing access to AP courses, as well as how many scores of three or higher students achieve on the AP exams, the district said.
In Pelham, almost 40 percent more students, or 55 percent in 2012 compared to 40 percent in 2010, have taken AP courses, the district said. Students scoring three or higher on exams increased 3.2 percentage points, from 88.5 to 91.7 during that time frame.
Students enrolled in college courses through programs with Syracuse University and State University of New York schools also increased from 37 in 2010 to 208 this year, the district said.
Students also have the opportunity to attend a summer seminar to improve their thinking, writing, listening and reading skills required for advanced placement courses. Students can move into higher courses after successfully completing the program.
District middle and high school, Social Studies teachers also have been trained to have students ready for college or work when they graduate.
Students also can take non-AP college-level courses from Pelham High School teachers who serve as adjunct professors at Syracuse and SUNY schools without taking a test for credit.
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