VALLEY SCHOOLS TOPS IN TAKING AP TEST.Byline: Jordan Smith Staff Writer
Four San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. high schools rank in the top 100 schools in the nation for administering the most Advanced Placement exams
Advanced Placement examinations are taken each May by students at participating Canadian, American, and international educational institutions. The tests are the culmination of year-long AP courses. , 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 The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. by giving 1,280 exams. Granada Hills (No. 57) gave 902 exams, El Camino Real El Camino Real (Spanish for The Royal Road or The King's Highway) was the name of a series of pre-automobile highways linking the various New World colonies of Spain:
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 Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. 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 Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. that runs the AP test, said the LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) 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.