Seton students ensure AP Scholar Awards aplenty

Screenshot from Advanced Placement's YouTube video
Screenshot from Advanced Placement’s YouTube video

Fifty students from Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of
their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® provides academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. Seton offers 17 AP courses.

“The accomplishment of Seton’s AP Scholars is truly remarkable, especially given that our AP students often participate in other extra-curricular activities, requiring them to balance academic studies with practice and rehearsals,” said Seton Assistant Principal David Sorkin. “To be named an AP Scholar demonstrates the courage and determination necessary to pursue such high levels of academic achievement.”

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. Seton’s results:

  • 25 AP Scholar Awards — Students qualified by earning an average score of at least 3 or higher on a five-point scale on three or more of these exams.
  • 17 AP Scholar with Distinction Awards — Students qualified by 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.
  • Eight AP Scholar with Honor Awards — Students qualified by earning an average score of 3.25 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • Catherine Li (courtesy photo)
    Catherine Li (courtesy photo)

    Catherine Li, a 2016 Seton graduate from Tempe, received special recognition as a National AP Scholar. Currently attending Cornell University, she scored 4 or higher on eight or more AP exams with an average of 4 on all AP exams. Li sat for 11 AP exams and passed all of them.

Overall, 221 Seton students took 340 AP Exams in May, achieving a 68 percent pass rate as a group. Of the estimated 2.2 million students worldwide who took the exams last year, about 22 percent earned an AP Scholar Award.

Three Seton teachers are AP Exam readers, a distinction held by teachers and college faculty members worldwide to evaluate and score the free-response sections of AP Exams.