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VALLEY SCHOOLS TOPS IN TAKING AP TEST.

Byline: Jordan Smith Staff Writer

Four San Fernando Valley high schools rank in the top 100 schools in the nation for administering the most Advanced Placement exams, according to results released Tuesday.

North Hollywood High, which was No. 18 in the nation, led all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District by giving 1,280 exams. Granada Hills (No. 57) gave 902 exams, El Camino Real (No. 70) gave 853 exams and Van Nuys (No. 83) gave 808 exams.

Officials said the number of tests given districtwide grew over the past five years from about 15,000 in 1995 to 25,017 in 2000.

``We encourage students to take the AP classes, and we encourage teachers to teach AP classes,'' said Susan Bonoff, a former North Hollywood High college counselor, now director of a new counseling program for middle school students.

``Now colleges are looking for AP classes on transcripts - it shows a high level of academic excellence. It's an amazing gate-opening process.''

Students who get a score of three or above out of a possible five are eligible to get college credit.

Officials from the College Board, the nonprofit organization that runs the AP test, said the LAUSD administers more AP exams than two-thirds of states.

``We're comparing one school district to whole states of school districts,'' said Trevor Packard, spokesman for the College Board. ``(The LAUSD) should be commended for having that number of students taking the tests.''

Former North Hollywood High student Tyler Rubin, the state's top male AP scholar who is now at Harvard, took a total of 22 AP exams.

``I knew they would help me get into college, and that I should take as many as I could,'' he said. ``Because I've seen a wide variety of topics, the exposure is helping me to interact with a wider variety of people than I would have otherwise.''

Statewide, 32 schools placed in the nation's top 100, and the state administered a total of 229,310 exams in 2000, up 25,787 from 1999.
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