Eight 2008 Hamilton High School graduates and three current students have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.6 million high school students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Hamilton High School currently offers AP courses in biology, chemistry, calculus AB/BC, English, government and politics, European history, statistics, U.S. history and studio art – drawing.
Students took AP Exams in May 2008 after completing challenging college-level courses at Hamilton High School. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student performance on AP exams.
Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Kathryn Doyle, Joshua Gratz, Andrew Hoell, Theresa Klees, Kathryn Klein (current junior), Alex Schwartz, Marissa Sheets, Erik Vowels and Mike Whitt (current senior).
Jaclyn Michl (current senior) and Emily Sheeks qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Angela Zeng qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both based on successful performance on the AP Exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year’s credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades.