Students Continue to Excel in Advanced Placement Programming

Aug 07, 2019

The Advanced Placement (AP) program continues to grow in Frisco ISD with 7,620 students taking more than 16,000 AP exams in 2019. Students participate in AP exams in an effort to obtain college credit during high school.

In the 2018-19 school year, 664 more students took AP exams and 1,200 more exams were administered than the year before.

The District is committed to the principle that all students deserve an opportunity to participate in rigorous and academically challenging courses and programs. There are more than 30 AP courses available to high school students in Frisco ISD.

“With multiple pathways to earn college credit in high school, I am excited to see so many students taking advantage of AP programming,” said Dr. Angela Romney, managing director of academic programs. “We strongly encourage all students who are enrolled in an AP course to take the exam. Even if they do not earn a high enough score for college credit, they gain valuable skills and are more prepared for rigorous coursework that they may take in the future.”

As the AP program expands, student success continues to remain high. Over 75% of all exams taken earned a 3, 4 or 5 last school year. A student may earn college credit with scores of 3 or above.

Nearly half of the 2019 FISD graduates scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam over their high school career. This means almost half of FISD graduates were eligible for college credit upon graduation.

About 2,800 students earned distinctions based on their high scores, including the AP Scholar Award and the AP Capstone Diploma. AP Scholar Awards are granted to students who receive a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams, while AP Capstone Diplomas are awarded to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP exams of their choosing.

Through the hard work of students, the high-quality instruction in the AP classrooms and a continued focus on a rigorous curriculum, Frisco ISD students continue to excel.

The District encourages eligible students to participate in AP coursework to get a head start on college-level coursework, improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving techniques, develop study habits for rigorous coursework and study subjects in greater depth and detail.

“In Frisco ISD, our AP program supports students in becoming future-ready,” said Dr. Romney. “Students who challenge themselves with rigorous coursework, such as AP courses, learn valuable skills that help them throughout their high school career and into their university studies.”

All students who are willing to accept the challenge of the rigorous curriculum should consider enrolling in the coursework during the spring open enrollment through the school counselor. Click here to learn more about the Advanced Placement offerings through Frisco ISD. 

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