September 1, 2014
3:07 pm

SJ Public Schools Make Honor Roll

Among the thousands of public school districts in all of North America...only 477 of them earned a place on the AP Honor Roll.  Thirty-one of those schools are in Michigan.  Only one is in Berrien County, and that is the St. Joseph Public Schools District.  The only other one to earn the honor in Michigan's Great Southwest is the Paw Paw Public School District.  Out of 477 in all of the U.S. and Canada.

AP in this case refers to Advanced Placement, (not Associated Press as some had thought) and is an annual list maintained by the College Board.  

Advanced Placement is designed to open classroom doors to a broad range of students, while improving the students' scores to a 3 or higher. Inclusion on the list is based on three key criteria:

  1. Examination of three years of AP data, from 2011 to 2013...
  2. Increase in participation and access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, 6% in medium districts and 11% in small districts...
  3. Performance levels must be maintained or improved in the percentage of exams scoring 3+ in 2013 to 2011...

Jeff Runser is St. Joseph High School Principal.  He says, "This recognition came as a surprise! However, the Honor Roll allows us to realize the accomplishment of providing opportunity and students taking advantage of these opportunities.  I congratulate our teaching staff and student body for their continued academic efforts toward excellence!"

St. Joe high currently offers 11 full-time Advanced Placement classes and has a population of students taking AP classes on-line for specific interests.  The newest in-class offerings include AP Comparative Government and AP Art.  All AP classes are designed to meet a college-level curriculum by the College Board.  Teachers of the courses are specifically trained to teach the curriculum and students take a proficiency exam at the end of the course.  A score of 3 or higher usually provides the student credit at the post-secondary level.  

St. Joe's program was launched in 1988 under the direction of then-principal Thomas Miller and has grow consistently over time.  

Superintendent Ann Cardon was equally pleased, saying, "We are very proud and honored to receive this award."

The entire list of Honor Roll School Districts can be found by clicking the link:
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Location : Berrien CountyMichigan