Two hundred eighteen Newport News Public Schools high school students who took Advanced Placement courses during the 2015-2016 school year are named 2016 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board. Students earning this distinction took at least three AP course exams and scored a 3 or better (out of 5) on each exam. The College Board, which administers the Advanced Placement program, annually releases the AP Scholars list for each school district following the results of the Spring Advanced Placement testing.
Five NNPS students are named National Advanced Placement Scholars for their achievement on AP exams: Matthew Arnold and Christen Dahl, 2016 Menchville High School graduates; Aaron Hanny and Miles McAllister, seniors at Menchville High School; and Rhiannon Edwards, a 2016 Warwick High School graduate. National AP Scholars earn an average score of at least 4 on all AP course exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams.
Recognizing the benefits of Advanced Placement coursework, NNPS encourages all students to prepare for and take at least one AP class. Studies show that AP courses move students towards a higher level of preparedness for success after high school.
AP courses help improve writing skills and problem-solving techniques, develop good study habits for engaging rigorous coursework, and provide students with a greater level of depth and detail in subject areas.
AP courses are open to all Newport News high school students and the school division covers all exam fees. NNPS is also a leader in AP course offerings with 37 courses in 22 subject areas – nearly every AP course offered by the College Board.
Newport News Public Schools offers more AP courses than any other public school division or private school on the Peninsula. For the complete list of 2016 Advanced Placement Scholars, visit the School Division’s website.