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Hamilton’s AP scores remain strong amid increased student involvement

Hamilton High School’s Advanced Placement (AP) results remain well above state and global averages while showing a commitment to challenging students and expanding their options.

Some 78% of Hamilton students who took the exams in 2022 received a score of 3 or higher which earns them credits that are recognized by many colleges and universities. The results are from the 2021-22 school year when 624 Hamilton students took AP classes and 485 had scores of 3 or higher on the exams. Hamilton students outperformed students who took similar tests by 15% at the state level and more than 20% globally.

Hamilton administered 1,033 AP exams during the 2021-22 school year. That is compared to 613 exams that were administered during the 2020-21 school year. “This increase is a huge celebration in our attempt to expand our options for students, as well as encouraging students to challenge themselves, take a risk and embrace coursework that may be out of their comfort zone,” said Hamilton High School Principal Rebecca Newcomer.

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. Hamilton offers AP classes in biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, English literature and language, environmental science, human geography, macroeconomics, music theory, physics, psychology, statistics, studio art, U.S. history and comparative and U.S. government.

“I am most proud of our students who took on the challenge of an AP course last year. It takes a lot of dedication and commitment to prepare for an AP test. Last year, our goal was to raise the number of students who participated in the AP program and we have accomplished that by increasing both our tests and participating students by 40%. Our focus next year will be to increase our pass rate on the tests,” Newcomer said.