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Quaker Valley boasts record roster of scholars

Bobby Cherry
| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Sixty-six Quaker Valley High School students were named AP Scholars, including one national AP Scholar — a record number for the district, administrators said.

“As the most rigorous high school program in the country, AP courses help to prepare our students for success beyond Quaker Valley,” high school Principal Andrew Surloff said.

“Our students' high level of achievement on these exams validates the high quality instruction that happens in our classrooms each day.”

In May, 159 Quaker Valley students completed 303 AP exams in 21 subjects, according to the district.

Those students earned a 93-percent pass rate — which is a record high for Quaker Valley, administrators said.

The state average was a 58-percent pass rate, district spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said.

More than 40 percent of Quaker Valley students who participated in the AP exams were named scholars.

“Quaker Valley prides itself on offering all students opportunities for advanced learning,” Superintendent Joseph Clapper said.

“As a result, more than half of our graduates successfully completed at least one AP exam during their high school career.

“That is phenomenal.”

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program allows students to take college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on AP Exams.

AP tests are given scores of 1-5. Students must earn a 3 or higher to pass and qualify for college credit. At Quaker Valley, 53 percent of the Class of 2013 completed and passed at least one AP exam.

Quaker Valley offers 21 AP courses — including six online.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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