St. Joseph’s Academy has been named to the Advanced Placement® Program School Honor Roll, earning Silver distinction for the 2022-2023 school year.
The AP® School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit and maximizing college readiness.
St. Joseph’s Academy had 61 percent of seniors in the class of 2023 who took at least one AP exam during high school, 52 percent of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one AP exam and 22 percent of seniors who took five or more AP exams.
“As a college preparatory school, offering advanced curriculum opportunities like Advanced Placement courses allows our students to earn college credit and allows our school to gain important data regarding college readiness and success,” said Principal Stacia Andricain. “AP classes require critical thinking and analyzing skills at the highest level, and our students continually achieve at the highest level nationwide. This is a great honor and a testament to the school’s dedication to academic excellence.”
Trevor Packer, senior vice president, AP and Instruction, of College Board, said taking AP courses demonstrates to college admissions officers that students have sought the most challenging curriculum available to them. “The schools that have shown that they can expand access to these college-level courses and still drive high performance represent the best of our AP program,” he said.
Aimee Urdiales is SJA’s dean of curriculum and instruction. She said being named to the honor roll is a testament to the hard work SJA students devote to their academic studies. “This recognition highlights the achievement of ongoing movement toward students being college and career ready,” she said.
Through AP courses, each culminating in a challenging exam, students gain skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt