The School District of Rhinelander is one of 539 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement ® coursework while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies, with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both, while still in high school.
Nine AP subject offerings are taught at Rhinelander High School, including English language, English literature, European history, U.S. history, Government politics, calculus AB, statistics, chemistry and biology. These college-level courses have been vetted by the College Board. The tests allow students who take the AP classes and score a 3 or better on the exam to receive course credit when they attend college. This can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition, and prepares students for college and their career.
Rhinelander High School had 218 students take AP classes. Of the 99 tests taken, 75 achieved a 3 or higher on the AP tests. “RHS students participating in AP classes and taking the AP tests are from a broad spectrum of our community. Their success comes from a solid foundation of learning that begins in the elementary schools. Parents and teachers work together to ensure students are ready for middle school,” said Kelli Jacobi, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “The middle school curriculum continues to build on the student’s education and prepares them for the rigor of high school,” said Jacobi.
“This is a heck of an accomplishment. Our students are actively participating in college-level discussions and enhanced coursework, and they are thriving,” said David Ditzler, principal at Rhinelander High School. “The students’ success is evidence of an entire team preparing our students for their college and career future. Our teachers challenge the students, and the students challenge our teachers,” he added.
“This is also evidence that a student’s success is rooted in having more than one meaningful adult in their life. Parents, grandparents, mentors and teachers help build a student’s confidence to strive for educational success,” said Jacobi.
Since 2010, the district has increased the number of students participating in AP classes/tests by 18 percent. Annually, approximately 70 percent of students taking AP tests earn an AP exam score of 3 or higher.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in this district, who are fostering rigorous work worth doing. These educators have not only expanded student access to AP coursework, but they have enabled more of their students to achieve on a college level, which is helping to create a strong college-going culture,” said David Coleman, president of the College Board, a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting students to college success and opportunity.