Upper St. Clair High School was selected among 539 districts in the U.S. and Canada as earning a place in the Third Annual College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll.
For the 2011-12 school year, the AP Honor Roll recognized public school districts that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP® courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work. 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 higher on an AP Exam—which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
Inclusion on the Third Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012 with districts achieving the following criteria:
- Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;
- Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
Upper St. Clair High School has achieved honor roll status for the last two consecutive years.