Last school year, Grove City High School gave 169 Advanced Placement exams to 138 students. This year, thanks in part to two additional course offerings, they will give 319 total exams.

Last school year, Grove City High School gave 169 Advanced Placement exams to 138 students. This year, thanks in part to two additional course offerings, they will give 319 total exams.

GCHS started offering AP statistics and government this year. Last year, the school offered biology, calculus, physics, English language, English literature and U.S. history.

Of the students who took AP exams last year, 89, or 64 percent, scored three out of five points.

“That is the number we are trying to increase as we go along,” said assistant superintendent Dan Boland.

For 2010-11 AP scores, GCHS also had:

• Eight students named AP scholars last year for receiving scores of three or more points on three or more exams.

• Six AP Scholars with Honor, for receiving an average score of 3.25 or more points on all exams taken, and scores of three or more points on four or more of the exams.

• Two AP Scholars with Distinction, for receiving an average score of at least three points on all exams taken, and scores of three or more points on five or more of the exams.

Boland said his goal is to have as many students take AP courses as possible. He wants to increase the number of students who could get the opportunity to see what college level coursework is like.

None of the AP courses offered decreased in enrollment from the previous school year to the current one, he said.

“That’s something I’m really excited about,” he said.

He also wants to increase the number of exams that score a three or above.

In 2010, the school experienced an enrollment increase in AP classes, with 183 students taking exams. Overlooking that spike, over the last five years, 2011 was the best year in terms of attendance and scores, Boland said.

Juniors and seniors are able to take AP classes. The AP U.S. history class is available for 10th-graders. Students take tests in May.

Students and families are responsible for all fees, including lab fees and the cost of the exams. Students pay $87 per exam, which GCHS reduces to $79 through a rebate offered to schools to help offset the costs of administering the exam. Students on free and reduced lunch pay $57 per exam.

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