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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 81% of Hamilton students who took the exams in 2023 received a score of 3 or higher which earns them credits that are recognized by many colleges and universities. The results are from the 2022-23 school year when 529 Hamilton students took at least one AP exam. Hamilton students outperformed students who took similar tests by 15% at the state level and more than 20% globally.

Hamilton administered 832 AP exams during the 2022-23 school year with 672 having scores of 3 or higher. More than 48% of students in Hamilton High School’s 2023 graduating class earned a 3 or higher on an AP exam at some point during their high school career.

Hamilton had eight content areas experience a pass rate at 95% or higher. In addition, several faculty members had the honor of being chosen as Advance Placement® Readers. AP Readers evaluate essays and open-ended test questions to ensure high school students receive grades that accurately reflect college-level achievement. “Having our instructors apply and be chosen to be readers for the AP Exam is an invaluable experience for those educators. Students absolutely benefit from the knowledge those teachers bring back and apply within their instruction. We are proud of the hard work of our students and our teachers,” 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 2D Art, biology, calculus, chemistry, English literature and language, environmental science, human geography, macroeconomics, physics, psychology, statistics, U.S. history and U.S. government.

“Enrolling in at least one AP course throughout high school should be a goal of every student. Our teachers are ready to support all students as they stretch themselves into academic places where they may feel uncomfortable, but high school is the safest place to experience high rigor. We look forward to continuing to see our numbers grow,” Newcomer said.