In recognition of its excellence in AP testing, Phoenixville Area High School was named AP District of the Year last week, according to a release from the school district. The high school was one of just 539 to receive the award.
PAHS Principal Dr. Craig Parkinson said the accomplishment is a testament to the talents and effort of the school’s students and staff.
“The faculty at PAHS has made it our goal to provide each student the opportunity to access more rigorous courses and prepare them to be successful when they leave us,” Parkinson said.
“Our students come from very diverse backgrounds and have demonstrated that through support, hard work, dedication and a strong desire to learn, they can make it happen. It is an honor to serve such an academically focused group of students, alongside a very passionate staff.”
PASD superintendent Dr. Alan Fegley said the award was an indication of the progress the district has made.
“We continually are striving for our students to be the best, and this is another indication of the strides we are making toward that goal.”
This award went to high schools that met the following criteria:
- Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;
- Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;
- Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.