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'Record Number' of Osseo Area Schools Students Earn AP Scholar Recognition

Nov 01, 2016 09:35PM ● Published by Wendy Erlien

File photo: Osseo Area Schools/ISD 279 Educational Service Center (photo by Wendy Erlien)

A "record number" of 164 ISD 279 - Osseo Area Schools students earned AP Scholar recognition from the College Board, based on AP exams taken during the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Osseo Area Schools. 

Every year, the College Board recognizes high levels of achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. All three high schools in District 279 offer AP classes; Park Center Senior High offers both AP and college-level International Baccalaureate classes.

Four students earned National AP Scholar achievement, the highest AP honor, which is granted only to students who receive an average score of at least four on all AP exams taken and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams. Michael Lu, Arpan Pal, Evan Skaja, and Sikai Yang from Maple Grove Senior High earned this designation.

Maple Grove and Osseo Senior High students produced a combined:

  • 84 AP Scholars - must earn a score of three or more on three or more AP exams
  • 39 AP Scholars with Honor - must earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on four or more AP exams
  • 41 AP Scholars with Distinction - must earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on five or more AP exams

Many post-secondary schools will provide college credit for AP scores of three or higher, depending on the subject and institution. This can save students money in post-secondary tuition and offer more room in their schedules to explore different classes, pursue a minor or even a double major.

Information provided by Osseo Area Schools. 

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