231 Stamford students named AP Scholars

Superintendent of Schools Winifred Hamilton and Board of Education President Polly Rauh handed off more than 200 certificates to Stamford’s three public high school principals at Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting, to honor scores of AP Scholars.

A total of 231 students earned the designation of AP Scholar for their above-and-beyond performance on at least three Advanced Placement tests during the 2011-2012 academic year. A total of 1,854 students sat for the tests this May, up about 700 from the participation number in 2008-2009.

“More than 200 students in Stamford Public Schools earned the honor of AP Scholar for the 2011-2012 school year,” Hamilton said at the beginning of the Board meeting. While the superintendent usually handles student achievement on a one-on-one basis during the last meeting of the month, individually calling out names, Hamilton and Rauh forked over stacks of certificates to the principals in a proactive move to keep the meeting from lasting all night. As it was, the meeting started an hour late, at 8 p.m., and did not conclude until shortly after 10:30 p.m.

There are four levels of AP Scholars that were honored on Thursday night. The first, AP Scholar, was given to students who earned a 3 or higher on at least three AP exams (a 3 out of 5 is the qualifying score at which students can begin being eligible for college credit). AP Scholar with Honors awards were given to students who earned a 3 or higher on four or more AP tests and an average of 3.25 on all the AP tests they took. AP Scholars with Distinction were awarded to students with a 3 or higher on five or more AP exams and an average of 3.5 or higher on all the AP tests they took. National AP Scholar Awards were handed to the top students who had an average of score of at least 4 on all their AP tests and a 4 or higher on at least eight exams — sounds exhausting.

Here’s a breakdown of the awards:

  • AITE – 15 AP Scholars; one AP Scholar with Honors; and two AP Scholars with Distinction.
  • Stamford High School – 27AP Scholars; 16 AP Scholar with Honors; 15 AP Scholars with Distinction; and three National AP Scholars.
  • Westhill High School – 59 AP Scholars; 28 AP Scholar with Honors; 56 AP Scholars with Distinction; and nine National AP Scholars.

“The success of so many of our youngsters with the AP exams is admirable,” Rauh said Thursday. “Though I must say my hand was rather sore after signing all of the certificates, but it was very gratifying.”

Maggie Gordon