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Hamilton recognized for culture of excellence in Advanced Placement coursework

Hamilton High School is one of only 16 high schools in the state to be recognized as a 2022 Advanced Placement (AP) Pacesetter Level 1 Award winner. Hamilton has received this award for high student participation and achievement on AP exams.

Level 1 is the highest designation in Pacesetter Awards, signifying at least 30 percent of the school’s student body took an AP exam with a 70 percent or higher pass rate. According to the Department of Public Instruction, only 142 high schools across Wisconsin received 2022 Pacesetter Awards. There are three levels of awards; Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.

Test scores from the 2021-22 school year were used to determine 2022 AP Pacesetter Award winners. AP courses provide students with challenging college-level work and the potential to earn college credit while in high school.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our students and, as always, it is a celebration for our entire K-12 community. We have wonderful teachers who encourage our students throughout their academic careers. When we engage our students, they are empowered to take rigorous courses and their achievements make us very proud, ” said Hamilton High School Principal Rebecca Newcomer.

The AP Pacesetter Awards are unique to Wisconsin, representing a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council. Awards are presented to schools that have high participation in AP courses and have high percentages of students who earn a score of three or higher on the AP exam and are therefore eligible for college credit.