MHS students excel on AP exams

Publish Date: 07/16/2020

Dozens of Marion High School students’ hard work and dedication has earned them success on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams, a notable accomplishment in any school year, but particularly impressive in a year when their classes shifted online and they had to adapt to new distance testing protocols and systems.

>> Listen to WBAT's Giant Talk from 7/22 with Superintendent Lindsay and MHS teachers Kristi Phillippe and Doug Porter talk about MHS students' GIANT successes on the AP Exams

MHS students took 15 different AP exams in the 2019-20 school year. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5.  A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

Marion High School requires that students taking an AP class take the corresponding AP exam in order to receive the extra credit available for the class. (All AP classes at MHS are “weighted”, meaning that students can earn more credit for those classes because of their difficulty, as compared to standard classes. But students who don’t take the AP exam won’t receive that extra credit.) This leads to a very high percentage of MHS AP students taking the corresponding exams — which makes the passing percentages achieved by MHS students in 2019-20 even more impressive.

Notable statistics from the 2019-20 AP exams at MHS:

  • MHS students passed 15 different exams: Biology; Calculus (AB and BC); Chemistry; Computer Science Principals; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Music Theory; Psychology; Spanish Language and Culture; Statistics; U.S. History; World History; and the portfolio-based Studio Art Design 2D. 
     
  • 100 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus AB exam passed; this surpasses the 51.9 percent passing rate in the state, and the 61.4 percent global passing rate.
     
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 91.2 percent passing rate in the state, and the 89.5 percent global passing rate. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
     
  • 95.7 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus BC exam passed; this surpasses the 79 percent passing rate in the state, and 81.6 percent global passing rate.
     
  • 87.1 percent of MHS students who took the Biology exam passed; this surpasses the 64.6 percent passing rate in the state, and the 69 percent global passing rate.
     
  • 83.3 percent of MHS students who took the Computer Science Principals exam passed; this surpasses the 70.4 percent passing rate in the state, and the 71.6 percent global passing rate.
     
  • 75 percent of MHS students who took the Environmental Science exam passed; this surpasses the 45.4 percent passing rate in the state, and the 53.4 percent global passing rate.
     
  • 72.2 percent of MHS students who took the English Literature and Composition exam passed; this surpasses the 53.9 percent passing rate in the state, and the 60.1 percent global passing rate.
     
  • 71 percent of MHS students who took the Psychology exam passd; this surpasses the 65 percent passing rate in the state.
     
  • 65 percent of MHS students who took the Chemistry exam passed; this surpasses the 43.6 percent passing rate in the state, and the 56.1 global passing rate.
     
  • 62.5 percent of MHS students who took the Music Theory exam passed; this surpasses the 60 percent passing rate in the state.

Marion Community Schools is proud of these students’ excellent achievements, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students. For information about how your high school student can take advantage of these early college credit opportunities and more, click here for enrollment information.