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East Grand named to AP Honor Roll

Lance Maggart

The high cost of college is something of a cliché, but not without reason. The cost of advanced education continues to rise throughout the nation, from small private colleges to institutions such as community colleges, which are intended provide less expensive options for higher education.

Unfortunately for most Americans pursing even a community or state college degree requires borrowing money. There are few options for reducing the cost of college beyond scholarships, but one route many high school students pursue is the taking of Advanced Placement classes, also know as AP classes.

Advanced Placement is a program created by the College Board wherein high school students from throughout the US and Canada are allowed to take college level curriculum and examinations. At the end of each semester students have the option of taking a comprehensive test on the subject they just studied. If students pass their semester end test in AP with a high enough score they can potentially be awarded course credit from universities and colleges that also participate in the program, thus decreasing the overall cost of acquiring a college degree.

The East Grand School District participates in the AP program and was recently named to the College Board AP Honor Roll list. The AP Honor Roll list recognizes schools that both increase access to AP coursework and maintain or increase the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams. Inclusion on the lists required the school to provide three years worth of data on AP course achievements.

The College Board has complied a list of school districts in both the US and Canada that have qualified for the AP Honor Roll for the last six years. This is the first year the East Grand School District has been named to the Honor Roll.

District Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D, was very happy with the recent recognition by the College Board.

“The staff and students at Middle Park High School have worked very hard,” Mimmack said.

“We are very excited about the number of students that are pushing themselves to access the AP curriculum.”

The EGSD currently has 164 seats filled in a total of nine AP classes at MPHS. East Grand was one of 425 districts in the US and Canada named to the AP Honor Roll. According to Middle Park High School Counselor Ben Polonowski there are approximately 13,500 school districts in the US alone.

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