26 Dunham Students Nationally Recognized As AP Scholars

26 Dunham Students Nationally Recognized As AP Scholars

July 18, 2018

Twenty-six Dunham students have been nationally recognized as 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board based on their outstanding performances on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

In May 2018, 78 Dunham students sat for 140 AP exams, with 80 percent earning a score of 3 or higher, making them eligible to receive college credit, upper-level placement, or both. The average score of all tests taken by Dunham students was 3.46. The national average is 2.87.

Congratulations to 14 current seniors who received academic distinctions for their AP achievements: Parker Harris, AP Scholar with Distinction; Ireland Coates, Kathryn Dunphy, and Luke Russell, AP Scholar with Honor; and Conner Bown, Maggie Coast, Emma Davis, Caroline Enos, Arrington Holmes, Reed Landry, Brian Lewis, Eric Ponder, Anushka Singh and Jessica Williams, AP Scholar.

Twelve graduates from the Dunham Class of 2018 were also recognized on three levels for their AP achievements: Kathleen Elofson (LSU Honors College), Caroline Landreneau (Baylor University), Eleanor McFeaters (LSU), Harshi Rachamallu (Tulane University), Ana Rodriguez (University of Notre Dame); Anna Claire Saffell (Auburn University) and Savannah Tanguis (LSU), AP Scholar with Distinction; Noah Fair (LSU), AP Scholar with Honor; Hannah Barrow (Washington & Lee), Lily Erwin (Mississippi College), Emma Hays (LSU), and Zili (Charles) Wang (LSU), AP Scholar.

“Our students’ strong performance on these AP exams reflects the quality of our teaching and the growth of our AP program,” says Upper School Director Amanda McIlwain. “These scores send a strong signal to college admissions officers that our students are well prepared for success in their undergraduate programs.”

The Dunham School currently offers 25 AP courses for students who are ready to tackle the challenge of college-level work. Each rigorous course culminates with a comprehensive exam in the spring. AP tests are scored off-site by a committee composed of readers representing colleges and secondary schools across the country. Created by the College Board in 1955, the AP program is recognized far and wide as a standard of excellence in education. Dunham has had 77 students named as AP Scholars since 2014.

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