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Jul
25

Waltham High School Sets a High Mark on AP

In 2017-18, Waltham High School had 235 students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The AP students took a total of 470 exams in which 66.8% scored a 3 or above. Most colleges and universities require a score of 3 or higher to earn college credit. The average score for all exams was a 3.14. Our students’ scores were above average compared to the state and global averages on 13 assessments. Out of 275 exam takers, 75 students received AP Scholar Awards, which is a remarkable accomplishment. Waltham High School Students’ success would not have been possible without the support from our dedicated and hardworking teachers.

Paul Maiorano, the Interim Principal of Waltham High for 2018-19, says he is proud of the students who participated and the teachers who supported the students to achieve such high levels on these rigorous assessments. As a former AP Calculus teacher, he realizes how much time and effort it takes for students to not only take the assessments, but score well on them. According to Mr. Maiorano, it is a remarkable accomplishment that Waltham has so many students that participated in AP courses and exams.

Our students’ ability to outperform their state and global peers speaks to the quality and effort that the students take to prepare for these exams. Mr. Maiorano would like to thank the teachers for meeting these high expectations with their students and families for supporting their children through these rigorous courses. He hopes to see more students encouraging each other and encourages them to form study groups for peer support, which proves very effective for student success in AP courses.

AP courses provide students with a foundation that will support higher levels of education at universities or colleges. According to multiple studies, students who take AP courses during high school do significantly better in university than students who do not. Students who have completed at least one AP class usually have a higher grade point average and graduate college/university in less time. Mr. Maiorano believes that AP courses provided at the high school level give students the opportunity to get comfortable with the rigorous expectations of college courses while still being in the high school environment that they’re familiar with. The students in our AP courses will already have experiences they need to do well in college.

Hearing from AP Students at Waltham High School

Matthew Corcoran, a WHS graduate and rising freshman at UMASS Amherst, was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He says:

“Is an AP class preparing me or not? Yeah, but just like every other class is preparing you for college. It’s harder because of the effort need to be put into an AP class; there is more information and less time to learn it. You can be the smartest kid in an AP class but if you don’t take the time to study then you’ll be in for a rude awakening in college.”

Chloe Morales, a rising senior and AP Scholar, shares:

“AP classes are essentially just an accelerated honors class with a test at the end of the year, and as long as you do the work, you’ll come out of the class with a solid amount of new knowledge and possibly college credit. They’re also really fun and interesting classes if you genuinely appreciate the subject and your teacher.”

Congratulations to Waltham's AP Scholars!

First, here are the criteria for being recognized as an AP Scholar:

Award

Criteria

AP Scholar

Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams

AP Scholar

with Honor

Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams

AP Scholar

with Distinction

Granted to students who receive 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

National AP Scholar

Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams

 

Students who received an AP Scholar Award in 2018 include:


LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

AP Scholar Awards

Chang

Benny

National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction

Chigurupati

Saiajay

National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction

Patel

Prem

National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction

Sundgren

Max

National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction

Boudreau

Luke

AP Scholar with Distinction

Brown Jr

Michael

AP Scholar with Distinction

Corcoran

Matthew

AP Scholar with Distinction

Duffy

Jack

AP Scholar with Distinction

Franzen

Ethan

AP Scholar with Distinction

Haggerty

Nora

AP Scholar with Distinction

Kamal

Ashley

AP Scholar with Distinction

Maione

Anthony

AP Scholar with Distinction

Martinos

Sean

AP Scholar with Distinction

Paluzzi

Matthew

AP Scholar with Distinction

Patel

Jaison

AP Scholar with Distinction

Patel

Priya

AP Scholar with Distinction

Savine

Isabel

AP Scholar with Distinction

St Cyr

Daniel

AP Scholar with Distinction

Stewart

Jordan

AP Scholar with Distinction

Stokalyuk

Mykyta

AP Scholar with Distinction

Antic

Jana

AP Scholar with Honor

Diaz

Nefi

AP Scholar with Honor

Farlow

Jessica

AP Scholar with Honor

Ferguson

Cara

AP Scholar with Honor

Flynn

Caroline

AP Scholar with Honor

Gangi

Taylor

AP Scholar with Honor

Lam

Jonathan

AP Scholar with Honor

Lau

Eva

AP Scholar with Honor

Lemonias

Zachary

AP Scholar with Honor

Marroquin

Mirna

AP Scholar with Honor

Meconiates

Nicholas

AP Scholar with Honor

Morton

Roane

AP Scholar with Honor

Pratt

Ewan

AP Scholar with Honor

Santiago

Katharine

AP Scholar with Honor

 

 
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