Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and Examination
Balboa Academy offers courses and examinations for high school students at a college level through College Board’s AP Program. According to the College Board, “Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.”.
For more information about the AP Program, please visit http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html..
The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. The AP Scholar is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Sixteen students at Balboa Academy earned AP Scholar awards from the College Board in recognition of their exceptional educational achievement in 2012. The AP Scholar with Honor award is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Ten students at BA received this award in 2012. The AP Scholar with Distinction award is 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. Seven students received the AP Scholar with Distinction award. Lastly, the AP International Diploma is awarded to students who receive 3 or higher on five or more AP Exams in three or more subject areas. One student at BA received this prestigious diploma in 2012. In total, thirty-four students received AP Scholar awards in 2012.
In 2012, 129 students took AP Exams with a total of 248 exams. 102 students (79%) received a 3 or better on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination and received college credit or advanced placement recognition from the college or university they attended. 100% of the Seniors in 2012 scored 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam at any point during their high school career divided by the total number of our seniors. AP exam scores are an important factor in determining college acceptance and how well prepared students are for college-level work.
Five Year School Score Summary 2012