Hopkins Public Schools is proud to announce that 201 students earned AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar Honors from the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college level AP exams. This number increased 11 percent from last year, when 183 students received similar honors. Students take AP exams in the spring, and the results are disclosed in the fall. Of the students who received honors, 80 are current juniors or seniors.
John Sammler, advanced studies coordinator at Hopkins High School, attributes the increase of AP Scholars to a combination of hardworking students and intentional efforts at Hopkins High School to enroll more students to rigorous classroom experiences.
"Hopkins has been pushing to expand student options in advanced placement courses for many years now," said Sammler. "There are more AP choices for students than ever, and this means students are taking more AP classes and starting earlier in their academic career."
Hopkins High School has a strong partnership with the Advanced Placement program. Currently five high-school teachers are certified to be National AP exam readers. Having AP exam readers involved in the Hopkins AP program creates relevant curriculum that is closely aligned with the expectations of the National College Board. Teachers who participate in the AP exam-reading process inevitably come back to the classroom with a fresh perspective and a better understanding of how to present their curriculum.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the number of exams taken and scores received. The AP program offers students the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams.
There are several categories of AP Awards including AP Scholar (score of 3 or higher on three exams), AP Scholar with Honors (score of 3.25 or higher on three exams), AP Scholars with Distinction (average score of 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and score 3 or higher on five or more exams) and National AP Scholar (average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams).
"Our job is to make sure students are ready for whatever they want to do next," said Doug Bullinger, principal at Hopkins High School. "While they are here, we want them to push themselves to the next level – AP is the next level. I have no doubt that these students are headed towards a brilliant future."
Hopkins students were well represented in all categories.
AP Scholar Award
(Scoring three or higher on three or more AP Exams)
94 Hopkins students qualified for AP Scholar Awards. 44 are current juniors or seniors including:
Celeste De La Cruz
Erik Devries Smith
Sasha Perez Ortiz
AP Scholar with Honors
(Earned an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and have scored 3 or higher on four or more exams)
48 Hopkins students qualified for AP Scholar with Honors. 25 are current juniors or seniors including:
AP Scholars With Distinction
(students who earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and score 3 or higher on five or more exams)
Holly Den Hartog
National AP Scholar
(granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, AND grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams)
All four of the students earned this honor in their senior year, and therefore have already graduated. The students who received this award are: Sam Buttress, Shoshanna Peifer, Elliot Saxena, and Elizabeth Sirianni.