AP Scholar Awards continue to increase
Pearland Independent School District students’ Advanced Placement achievements continue to climb.
According to a College Board report, 652 Pearland ISD high school students achieved “scholar” status this year compared to 641 in 2018.
After taking college-level AP classes, students have the opportunity to take a corresponding AP exam (scored on a five-point scale) and potentially earn college credit or advanced placement at a university.
This year, students from Dawson, Pearland and Turner College and Career high schools collectively boasted 731 awards:
- National AP Scholars: 79 (average score of 4 or higher on all AP exams and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams)
- AP Scholars with Distinction: 226 (average score of 3.5 on all exams and scores of 3 or higher on five exams)
- AP Scholars with Honor: 97 (average score of at least 3.25 on all exams and scores of 3 or higher on four exams)
- AP Scholars: 329 (3 or higher on three or more exams)
- Note: National AP Scholars automatically qualify for the AP Scholars with Distinction Award.
Because AP courses offer more depth and complexity than traditional high school classes and increase college readiness, Pearland ISD opens enrollment in pre-AP and AP classes to all students as early as fifth grade.
Through early exposure to college-level material, students from different grade levels and GPA brackets build the complex thinking skills needed for higher education.
“For many students, success in Advanced Placement can result in college credit with significant tuition savings, for others it may provide an advantage to admission for elite college programs or scholarships,” Pearland ISD Director of Advanced Academics Margo Gigee said. “Advanced Placement is the most rigorous coursework our district provides and the exposure to rigorous curriculum, expected success, and practical experience with college coursework prepares students for what comes next: college, military or the workforce.”
In addition, more students taking advanced classes means more AP achievement.
“Increasing numbers in Advanced Placement achievements indicate that we are improving the odds for success when our students graduate from our high schools,” Gigee said.