Advanced Placement - 2007

Students Shine in Biology AP Studies at GHS

The students in Kathy Iler's Advanced Placement Biology class worked very diligently last year, studying for hours and giving up many Saturdays to come into school for lab work, but it all paid off.

As Robert Ramaswamy, currently a student at Yale, wrote: "The rigor of Kathy Iler's AP Biology class quite literally made the AP exam a walk in the park, and the class prepared me to take sophomore and junior level biology courses as a freshman at a rigorous academic institution."

Eight students earned grades of 5 on the rigorous AP exam given in May, one earned a 4, and one earned a 3. A 5 is the highest grade a student can earn, with a 3 being necessary for college credit at most institutions. Globally, only 19% of students taking the AP Biology exam scored 5's. While this was the best year every for AP Bio students, the program has a record of success, with 96% of students earning 3's or better since it began in 1992.

AP Scholar Awards

Three graduates of the Class of 2007 earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level AP exams.

Ashley Jurkovich and Robert Ramaswamy qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least a 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams.

Glenn Hampton qualified for the AP Scholar Award, granted to students who earn grades of 3 or higher on on three or more AP exams.