ARMONK, N.Y. – Byram Hills School District’s recent emphasis on AP classes has earned the district a place on the College Board’s 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll.
It will be one of just 589 districts across the United States and Canada — and three in Westchester County — to earn the distinction.
“We’ve been focusing on trying to open the doors to AP classes to more students, while still maintaining our standards,” said high school principal Chris Borsari. “At the same time, faculty is working to help those students excel in the classes they’re taking.”
The focus is paying off.
Being named on the College Board AP District Honor Roll suggests more Byram Hills High School students took the college-level Advanced Placement courses and earned the necessary scores needed for college credits in the process.
AP coursework traditionally is more rigorous than other high school classes and specifically is designed to promote critical thinking. School districts named on the honor roll must have increased the percentage of students who achieve scores of 3 or higher on AP exams, which is the grade needed by students at most colleges to receive credit or skip introductory courses.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in these 539 districts, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing,” said College Board President David Coleman.
The nonprofit College Board connects students to college success and opportunity. Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010-12. The school districts on the honor roll are in 44 of 50 states and six Canadian provinces.