Eight students from The Community School in Sun Valley earned recognition by the College Board for their performance on the board's Advanced Placement Program Exams. The students completed the AP Exams in May 2004. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student's performance on the spring exams.
The Community School does not offer AP classes, but many of the students opt to take the exams at the end of the year.
"We don't actually have AP classes, but we tell people that by taking our classes you will be prepared for the AP tests," Katie Raffetto, the school's admission associate, explained.
This year students performed exceptionally well on the tests. Three Community School seniors, Michelle Bahan, Reed Boeger and Delamon Rego, qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award. These students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all of AP Exams they took. The students qualified by earning a grade of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. The AP tests are graded on a five-point scale with 5 being the highest grade awarded.
Bahan, Boeger and Rego each completed four AP examinations in various academic areas. The College Board offers 34 exams across 19 subject areas.
Five additional Community School seniors qualified for the AP Scholar Award. The AP Scholars are Charlie Baser, Caitlin Cairncross, Lexie Praggastis, Ben Roth and Connor Wade. The students earned the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP examinations and earning grades of three or higher on these exams.
All of the students receive a certificate for their accomplishment. Their achievements are also noted on AP grade reports that are sent to colleges. Some colleges offer college level credit or advanced placement for performance on the exams.