Hamilton’s AP rate increases

Hamilton High School’s Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate jumped 9% from 2018 to 2019 putting the school at a 92% pass rate. This compares to a pass rate of 69.67% for Wisconsin and 63.15% globally.APpassrate

Hamilton students earned college credits in calculus, chemistry, comparative government and politics, English language and composition, English literature and composition, environmental science, European history, German language and culture, macroeconomics, microeconomics, music theory, physics 1 and 2, statistics, studio art 2-D design portfolio, studio art drawing portfolio, U.S. government and politics and U.S. history.

Down this year were the number of test-takers and exams they took. In 2017, 440 students took 722 exams compared to 392 students who took 655 exams in 2019. Despite the total number of tests going down, the ratio of test to test-taker was similar.

Hamilton Principal Rebecca Newcomer said this year’s results are a celebration for everyone in our community.

“I commend our dedicated faculty, our motivated students, and our supportive families,” Newcomer said. “It takes a committed team to achieve at such high levels and I am proud of their accomplishments.”

AP curriculum exposes students to a high level of rigor that challenges student thinking and prepares them for a variety of experiences and opportunities after high school.

“AP courses should not be viewed as courses for only those students who intend on pursuing a 4-year degree,” Newcomer noted. “Hamilton’s pass rate is absolutely noteworthy and something we will need to work to maintain. Raising our participation rate and creating more access for all students is another goal for the upcoming years.”