The Bethel Park School District is one of 250 school districts in the United States and Canada, as well as one of 26 Pennsylvania School Districts, to be honored by the College Board with placement on its 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll.
To be placed included on the 10th Annual District Honor Roll, Bethel Park had to, since 2017, increase the number of students participating in Advanced Placement classes, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. According to the College Board, reaching these goals shows that Bethel Park is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.
“With more students participating and succeeding in AP in Bethel Park, more students are getting a head start on college by earning college credit during high school,” said Bethel Park Superintendent Joseph W. Pasquerilla, Ed.D. “We are pleased to be honored with this distinction and thank the teachers, counselors and administrators who have worked hard to encourage more of our students to advance through AP.”
For inclusion on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll, Bethel Park met the following criteria:
- Increased participation/access to AP by at least 6%;
- Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of those students scoring 3+ or higher on at least one AP Exam; and
- Improved or maintained performance levels when comparing the 2019 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2017 percentage.
In 2019, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process.
Bethel Park High School currently offers 19 Advanced Placement classes. In 2019, 36 students were recognized for their high scores on AP Exams, including one National AP Scholar, 10 AP Scholars with Distinction, eight AP Scholars with Honor and 17 AP Scholars.