Tri-County named to the College Board's 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll
The College Board placed Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School on this year’s AP District Honor Roll for the school’s significant gains in student access to and success in Advanced Placement courses.
Tri-County is one of 547 school districts in the United States and Canada to be named to the 5th annual Honor Roll. The list recognizes school districts that have increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.
Tri-County currently offers six Advanced Placement courses, including Calculus, Physics, Statistics, and eleventh and twelfth grade English. Tri-County also offers an Advanced Placement Computer Science course, which is offered through the Computer Information Systems Program. Advanced Placement Statistics and Advanced Placement Computer Science were offered for the first time during the 2014-2015 school year.
In addition to increasing the number of courses offered, Academic Coordinator Melissa Beckmann has aimed at increasing the number of students taking AP courses. Beckmann offers pre-AP training to teachers who are not teaching Advanced Placement courses in an effort to increase rigor in the classroom and to identify more students who might be successful in taking an AP class. The school also utilizes AP Potential, a web-based tool that analyzes PSAT scores to determine which students are likely to score a 3 or higher on a given AP exam.
“We identified those students and their teachers in the hopes that some of them would want to take advantage of an AP class the following year. We sent many teachers to pre-AP training last year in addition to sending our current AP teachers to College Board workshops and institutes in an effort to keep them current with any new changes and updates, including strategies and techniques, to their existing AP classes,” Beckmann explained.
Tri-County continues to see increased enrollment in Advanced Placement courses. Two sections of AP Physics were offered this year due to the growing popularity of the course.
“The value is the students get to take a rigorous, college level course while still in high school,” said Tri-County Principal Jean Mallon. “This fits in well with our commitment to preparing our students for college and careers.”
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