91.5% pass rate achieved; 141 AP Scholars recognized, including 16 National AP Scholars
Saint Xavier High School proudly announces that 141 students of the 307 young men that took 758 Advanced Placement Exams in May, 2018 have been recognized as AP Scholars by the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. 91.5% of those students qualified for college credit, surpassing the state (53%) and global (61.3%) averages of total AP students with passing scores.
The AP Scholars are divided into four categories:
Forty-three (43) students qualified as AP Scholars by earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
Twenty-seven (27) students qualified for the designation of AP Scholar with Honor for earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Seventy-one (71) students qualified for the honor of AP Scholar with Distinction for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Additionally, sixteen (16) of the previously mentioned 71 test takers that were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction, qualified for the College Board's highest honor of National AP Scholar. The students, Austin Coke, Elijah Crawford, Will Fowler, Collin Kemper, Griffin Mercer, Parker Moorman, Colin Pifer, Alex Pisacrita, Nicholas Poole, Samuel Reid, Dane Rueff, Luca Sanchez, Luke Schroeder, Jacob Staashelm, Jacob Sullivan and Miles Thompson, all members of the Class of 2018, earned an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
The school's performance has been consistent with a passing rate above 88% in each of the last five years.
"Our scores are always outstanding because they reflect the strength of the four-year curriculum in every subject area rather than an isolated, fine performance in any given year," said Dr. Sarah Watson, Assistant Principal for Studies.
St. X is able to offer several AP courses rarely found in other schools around the Commonwealth due to the outstanding and highly qualified faculty and the campus resources available for all teachers and students. In 2018, nearly one third (31%) of all of the students who passed the AP Physics C (E & M) Exam in the Commonwealth are from Saint Xavier High School.
Additionally, the strength of St. X's World Languages Department allows college-level study in Chinese, French, German and Spanish. 100% of St. X's students who tested in French and Spanish earned passing scores. In the Commonwealth 12% of all qualifying scores in Chinese and 18% of all qualifying scores in German were earned by St. X students.
"Saint Xavier students' achievements, as indicated by qualifying scores on AP Exams, are a differentiating feature of our school's program of studies and opportunities for such highly talented students. Such success indicates the strength of St. X's curriculum and instruction over all four years of high school," said President Dr. Perry Sangalli.
"In today's global society," said Sangalli, "such success differentiates St. X and gives St. X graduates abundant opportunities for further study, academic success and meaningful work in the marketplace."
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