Independence High named to Advanced Placement School Honor Roll

College Board announced that Independence High School has been named to the Advanced Placement Program School Honor Roll, earning a bronze distinction.

The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit and maximizing college readiness.

Three categories make up the calculations: 

  • College culture: the percentage of 2023 seniors who took at least one AP course. 
  • College credit: the percent of 2023 seniors earning at least one score of three or higher on AP tests.
  • College optimization: the percentage of 2023 seniors who took five or more AP courses.

Independence High School received 42% (bronze) for college culture, 29% (bronze) for college credit and 10% (gold) for college optimization.

“AP represents an opportunity for students to stand out to colleges, earn college credit and placement, and potentially boost their grade point averages,” said Trevor Packer, head of the AP program. “The schools have shown that they can expand access to these college-level courses and still drive high performance – they represent the best of our AP program.”

Independence High School offers more than a dozen Advanced Placement opportunities, including AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP European History, AP Government, AP Economics, multiple AP Arts classes, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics.

College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 38 subjects, each culminating in a challenging exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. ∞