As more Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students challenge themselves with Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams, the number of students earning the College Board”s AP Scholar title also continues to increase. The 2010 College Board AP Scholar report shows that during the 2009-2010 school year, 2,263 GCPS students earned the AP Scholar honor, a College Board recognition for high performance on college-level work while in high school. That”s an increase from the 1,883 Gwinnett students who earned the title the previous school year.
This group of Gwinnett students is part of the top 18 percent of the 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP exams and who performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
The College Board recognizes the following different levels of achievement based on students” performance on AP exams:
National AP Scholar:
140 Gwinnett students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of four or higher on a five-point scale on all AP exams taken and grades of four or higher on eight or more of these exams.
State AP Scholar:
A Gwinnett student at Berkmar High earned one of only two awards granted to Georgia. The State AP Scholar title is presented to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of three or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken. The Berkmar High female student, currently in her first year at Harvard University, earned the state”s “scholar”# title after mastering 17 AP exams.