The American Nicaraguan School’s commitment to academic excellence has always been evident, and even more so last month when the school received an official score report from College Board regarding ANS’ excellent performance on AP exams.
Advancement Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board to offer college-level curricula and academic rigor to high school students, allowing secondary students to take courses on par with first-year classes at institutions of higher learning. These courses culminate in exams taken at the end of the year, where students may obtain placement or credits from universities by earning a certain score. The exams are scored from 1 to 5, the latter being the best.
Last school year, ANS students had an outstanding performance in AP exams, as all students excelled tremendously and received very high scores. The school had 60 AP students who took 103 AP exams. These exams included: AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Comparative Government, AP Human Geography, AP U.S. History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP French Language and Culture, and AP Chinese Language and Culture.
Out of the 60 ANS AP students, 58 scored above a 3, the minimum passing score for an AP exam. This meant that the school had an incredible pass rate of 97 percent on AP exams.
This is an all-time high statistic, and has been the product of a long and consistent trend of academic growth at ANS. In 2015, the pass rate was 78 percent. In 2016, the pass rate was 85 percent. In 2017, the pass rate was 86 percent. In 2018, the pass rate was 89 percent, eight percent less than last year’s.
Furthermore, many ANS students also received prestigious AP Scholar Awards, official distinctions given by College Board to recognize exemplary high school students who have demonstrated extraordinary college-level achievement on their AP exams.
Verónica Artiles (ANS Class of 2019), Gabriel Cardenal (‘19), Pablo Lacayo (‘19), Karen Lin (‘19), Chantal Martínez (‘19), Alicia Pereira (‘19), Laura Sánchez (‘19), Ana Gabriela Bendaña Peña (ANS Class of 2020), Faynette Herndon (‘20), Ji Su Kim (‘20), Ji Suk Chung (‘20) and María Cobos (‘20) all received the AP Scholar award, granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher in three or more AP exams.
Additionally, Carlos Marín (ANS Class of 2019), Juan Ignacio Ortíz (‘19), Roberto Sandino (‘19) and Claudio Rosales (ANS Class of 2020) were recipients of the AP Scholar with Honor award, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Finally, Avis Corea (ANS Class of 2019), Diego Rappaccioli (‘19), Elinor Ketelhöhn (ANS Class of 2020) and Wei-Ting Shih (‘20) received the AP Scholar with Distinction award, 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.
Overall, these award winners had an average score of 4.22, the highest ever in the past five years, and had an average 0.73 points higher than last year. Individually, they also did exceptionally well. The AP Scholars had an average score of 4, the AP Scholars with Honor had an average score of 4.38, and the AP Scholars with Distinction had an average score of 4.55.
We wish this year’s AP students much success in their classes and exams! Though the school’s performance on AP exams last year was fantastic, it is one that is meant to only be surpassed.