When the Bossier Parish Senior Class of 2013 graduated, not only did they receive a diploma; more than half of them also accrued college credit while in high school.
In a report released earlier this week by the Louisiana Department of Education, Airline and Benton High Schools were singled out for excelling on Advanced Placement exams.
Airline was named among the top 10 schools for the percentage of students scoring a three or higher on AP exams. Credits earned by students who score a three, four or five on AP exams are transferrable to nearly any college in the nation.
Airline had 101 students take AP exams in 2013; of those, more than 65-percent scored a three or above.
“This is the product of outstanding teaching and high performing students that have accepted the challenge of being excellent,” said Jason Rowland, Principal at Airline High School. “We are truly blessed to have both here at Airline.”
Benton High was also recognized by the state as a top 10 school for showing performance growth from 2012 to 2013. The number of students scoring a three or above increased by 12-percent.
“We are proud of the growth that we have attained,” said Mitch Downey, Principal at Benton High School. “It is because of the passion our teachers and students have for excelling academically. We will continue to strive for even greater growth and results.”
Promoting Advanced Placement is an aspect of the state’s plan to ensure all students are college or career ready. AP offers students the opportunity to earn college credit during high school by completing rigorous coursework and demonstrating proficiency on a national, standardized end-of-course exam.
Because of block scheduling in Bossier Parish, high school students are able to pursue 32 credit hours of Dual Enrollment courses as well as electives. This resulted in an impressive 57-percent of the Senior Class of 2013 graduating with college credit.