Amityville Recognized for Advanced Placement Program

Amityville Recognized for Advanced Placement Program photo
The district was honored by the College Board with placement on the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll. To be included on this list, a district had to increase the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. 

Amityville Memorial High School offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses in art, English, math, music, science, social studies and world languages. This year alone, five courses were added including AP research, human geography, European history, psychology and computer science. All eighth-grade students at Edmund W. Miles Middle School are accelerated in math and science, which gives them the opportunity to take more higher-level courses in high school.  

“We have been steadily increasing the number of Advanced Placement courses offered at Amityville Memorial High School, which are rigorous and challenging,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly. “Participation in these courses prepares our students for college-level work and offers them the opportunity to earn college credits. The Board of Education and administration are committed to offering a rich program that prepares students for the demands of college and the work place.”   

Participation in AP classes climbed from 122 students in the 2015-16 school year to 222 students in the 2016-17 school year. Amityville students took a total of 411 AP exams in 2017, a 51 percent increase from the previous year. The number of students scoring a 3 or higher grew by 55 percent. 

Amityville was one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be named to the AP District Honor Roll. Placement on the list indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP. It also shows that students among different subgroups are taking these exams and succeeding.