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Spotlight on Success: AP Exam Scores

An AP Exam score of 3 or higher (out of 5) is considered a “qualifying score.” Qualifying scores in AP courses demonstrate a student’s ability to tackle college-level work, and nearly all colleges and universities in the U.S. grant credit and placement for these scores. Here’s how NDCR’s students performed in several key areas:
 
Juniors:
  • 100% of the students enrolled in NDCR’s AP Spanish Language course (18) earned a qualifying score compared to 90% in Massachusetts and 88.3% globally - five students also received the highest possible score of 5.
  • Six students earned a qualifying score in NDCR’s AP Language and Composition course. One student earned the top score of 5.
 
Seniors:
  • 50% of students enrolled in NDCR’s extremely challenging AP Spanish Literature course earned a qualifying score. Two students earned the top score of 5.
  • 40% of students enrolled in NDCR’s AP English Literature course earned a qualifying score. This was the first time the school facilitated this course.
 
In his announcement of the scores to NDCR’s faculty and staff, Dr. Anthony Zavagnin, the school’s principal, said, “So much time, energy, and love was put into the planning, teaching, and grading of these classes. Most importantly, teachers were able to get students to believe in themselves!”
 
The qualifying scores earned by students at NDCR are especially impressive when compared with the qualifying scores earned by students attending the public high school in Lawrence:
 
  • AP English Literature and Composition: 40% of NDCR’s students earned a qualifying score, while 14.3% of students at other schools earned a qualifying score
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture: 50% of NDCR’s students earned a qualifying score, while 0% of students at other schools earned a qualifying score
  • 43% of NDCR students in grades 11 & 12 participate in AP classes as compared to 19% participation at the public high school in Lawrence
  • 28% of NDCR students in grades 11 & 12 received a 3 or higher in AP exams as compared to 10% at the public high school in Lawrence
 
According to Dr. Zavagnin, “Research demonstrates that even if a student does not score a 3 or above in the exam, the exposure to the rigors of an AP class allows for tremendous academic growth in all students who take the course.”
 
About Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School:
In the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, located in the heart of Lawrence, MA, provides a Catholic, affordable, culturally sensitive, college preparatory education enhanced by professional work experience for young men and women from families with limited income. www.ndcrhs.org
 
About the Cristo Rey Network:
The Cristo Rey Network provides a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. Cristo Rey Network schools employ an innovative Corporate Work Study Program that provides students with real world work experiences. Every student works five full days a month to fund the majority of his or her education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of his or her education. Students work at law firms, banks, hospitals, universities, and other professional Corporate Partners. www.cristoreynetwork.org
 
For more information, contact:
 
Rebecca Twitchell
Director of Marketing and Communications
Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School
201-334-7134
rtwitchell@ndcrhs.org
 
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