The College Board's Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams. About 17 percent of the more than one million high school students in almost 15,000 secondary schools worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.
Students took AP exams in May 2004 after completing challenging college-level courses at high schools. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP exams.
At Colorado Rocky Mountain School, one student qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. This 2004 CRMS graduate is Forbes Fisher. Fisher is the son of Loulie Molloy of Ketchikan, Alaska, and George Fisher of Hickory, N.C.
Also at CRMS, one student qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP examinations with grades of 3 or higher. This 2004 CRMS graduate is Ryan Gilman. Gilman is the son of Don Gilman of Carbondale, and attends St. Lawrence University.
Most of the nation's colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both based on successful performance on the AP exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year's credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades.
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