For the 11th year in a row, Osseo Area Schools saw a record number (232) of students earn AP Scholar recognition from the College Board, based on Advanced Placement (AP) exams taken during the 2017-18 school year.
Every year, the College Board recognizes high levels of achievement on AP exams. All three comprehensive high schools in the district offer AP classes; Park Center Senior High offers both AP and college-level International Baccalaureate classes.
The district’s comprehensive high schools reported a combined total of:
- 144 AP Scholars - must earn a score of 3 or more on three or more AP exams.
- 40 AP Scholars with Honor - must earn an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams.
- 48 AP Scholars with Distinction - must earn an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams.
Daniel Du, Lucas Jackson, Christopher Kwon, Mathias Martinez-Zamora and Alec Nilson from Maple Grove Senior High (class of 2018) and Gabrielle Holton from Osseo Senior High (class of 2018) earned the National AP Scholar designation. The National AP Scholar award is the highest AP honor and is granted only to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
Many post-secondary schools will provide college credit for AP scores of 3 or higher, depending on the subject and institution. This can save students money in post-secondary tuition and offer more room in their schedules to explore different classes, pursue a minor, or work toward a double major.