Dripping Springs High School students performed extremely well on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered in the spring of 2016, according to a report from the College Board.
Of the total exams taken by DSHS students, 71.6 percent of tests received scores of 3, 4, or 5, which can earn credit at most colleges and universities. In 2016, 476 students took a total of 787 AP exams at Dripping Springs High School.
In addition to AP opportunities offered at DSHS, many students take dual-enrollment that allow them to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. By the end of the 2014-15 school year, 100 juniors had earned 12 credit hours at ACC and 97 seniors had completed 24 credit hours.
One hundred and twenty-six students from DSHS received recognition for their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered last spring; some of those honored are current seniors and some are 2016 graduates.
AP Scholar Awards are presented on several different levels based on average score on the exams and the cumulative number of tests taken. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. For DSHS, many of those recognized are graduates from the Class of 2015, while others are now seniors or juniors.
Dripping Springs High School had six National AP Scholars, which represents the highest level of recognition. The National AP Scholar Award means the students earned an average grade of 4 or higher on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams. Recipients were Class of 2016 members Hayden Anderson, Gabrielle Chavez, Ashni Clayton, Evan Gabrielsen, Thomas Shively and Cole Waldron.
The AP Scholar with Distinction Award was earned by 50 DSHS students who scored an average of 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more tests. Dripping Springs High School had 22 students named AP Scholars with Honor, which means they received an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more. A total of 48 DSHS students were honored as AP Scholars, a status that is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.