Three 2004 Hamilton High School graduates – Robert Bradford, Brandon Heikkila and Sean Herman – earned designation as AP Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on college-level Advanced Placement (AP) exams. About 17 percent of the more than one million high school students in almost 15,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit recognition as AP Scholars.
The College Board’s AP program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school and receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams. Hamilton High School offers AP courses in biology, calculus, English, government and politics, statistics, studio art – drawing, and U.S. history.
Students took AP exams in May 2004 after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on AP exams. Bradford 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 exams. Heikkila and Herman qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher.
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.