Mobile County Public Schools had 255 students earn Advanced Placement (AP) scholar recognition during the 2017-18 school year, the most ever in the system.
A total of 1,632 MCPSS students took a total of 2,755 AP exams in 2017-18.
“Not only did we increase the number of students taking AP exams and the number of exams given, we also increased the percentage of students earning qualifying scores on those exams,” said MCPSS Science Supervisor Stephanie LeGrone. “That is definitely an indication of the hard work and preparation of our students and teachers. This increase in the number of AP Scholars is showing our students in MCPSS can go head to head with other Advanced Placement students throughout the nation.”
The College Board’s AP program allows academically prepared students to take rigorous college-level courses. They can receive college credit from most institutions for these courses if they earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam, which are graded on a 1-to-5 scale. AP Scholar status is granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams in a given school year.
Two of those students qualified as AP National Scholars – then-seniors Madelyn Watkins and Zane Madison of Baker. This recognition is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Watkins took eight AP exams with an average score of 4.25, while Madison took nine AP exams with an average score of 4.11. Watkins is currently studying political science at the University of Montevallo, where she is attending on a cross country and track and field scholarship, while Madison will be studying economics on scholarship at Brigham Young University after a two-year mission with his church.
Baker had 120 students earn AP scholar recognition, the most in the county and most ever for the school, while Davidson had 93. Baker is one of six schools in the state designated as an AP Capstone schools, which allows it to offer several AP courses that aren’t available elsewhere.
“Kids will come back and say they feel like the program we put them through here prepared them for college,” said Mary LaCoste, AP coordinator at Baker. “That program is pretty intense.”
Last year, 225 MCPSS students earned AP scholar recognition, which was then a record for the system.