KCS named to national Advanced Placement Honor Roll

KCS named to national Advanced Placement Honor Roll
Posted on 11/10/2014
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Kannapolis City Schools is one of only four North Carolina school districts honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. KCS was recognized for increasing access to AP course work and maintaining or increasing the percentage of students who scored 3 or higher on AP Exams. According to the College Board, reaching these goals shows that Kannapolis City Schools is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for Advanced Placement courses. Since 2012, Kannapolis City Schools has increased the number of students who are taking AP courses and raised the number of students who earned scores of 3 or higher.


“This a wonderful honor, and I am extremely proud of our staff at A.L. Brown and the central office for giving our students access to higher level courses,” said Dr. Pam Cain, KCS Superintendent. “Our school board has made a commitment to raising academic standards and making sure our students are ready to meet the higher standards. We want our students to be ready for college and careers, and this honor shows we are being successful. I am grateful to the College Board for recognizing our efforts.”


In 2013, Kannapolis City Schools started an AP Academy at A.L. Brown High School. The academy is designed to increase access to advanced placement courses. It offers pre-college and college level courses that are taught by College Board trained instructors. A.L. Brown offers 14 AP courses and plans to add two more Advanced Placement courses in 2016. Since 2012, A.L. Brown has increased its AP course offerings by 20%. This has given students more options for taking college level courses while still in high school. A.L. Brown also has increased the percentage of minorities taking AP courses.


 “The devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction. “When coupled with a student’s hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes, whether building confidence, learning to craft effective arguments, earning credit for college, or persisting to graduate from college on time. We applaud Kannapolis City Schools’ conviction that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”


Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014. In order to make the AP District Honor Roll, districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2014 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2012, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. 

The complete 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here.  


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