Lakewood scholars earn college credits
“We had a tremendous amount of students earn college credit,” said Lakewood Schools 12th grade counselor Valerie Kieffer, adding that Lakewood students took a total of 75 AP exams last year. Based on their AP (advanced placement) test scores in May which are scored from 1-5, with a score of 3 or better generally earning them credit, these students earned a total of 280 credit hours at The Ohio State University. “At $400 per credit hour, this would be $112,000 in (combined) tuition savings for these students,” said Kieffer.
Fifteen Lakewood students earned recognition as AP scholars as a result of the May tests, including current seniors Casey Bragg, Jake Parkinson, and Faith Aleshire. The 12 others graduated with the Class of 2013.
“AP is college level” and far more challenging academically than regular classes said Kieffer. She believes more Lakewood students are succeeding in AP classes because some are first generation college-bound students and teachers are encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones and tackle the more challenging classes.
“They are trailblazers in their families,” said Kieffer. These students, she said, are realizing they are ready for college based on the AP exam results. “The proof is in the putting,” said Kieffer. “I think these kids are really cut out for college.”
The College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. In 2013, more than 2.2 million students took approximately 4 million AP Exams. On nearly 60 percent of these exams, students received scores of 3 or higher on a five-point scale, which potentially qualifies them for credit, advanced placement or both at colleges and universities worldwide.
The title of AP Scholar with Honor is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
And, the title of AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Lakewood students John Gershom and Tyler Knepper earned this title.
Kieffer said 12.2 percent of Lakewood seniors scored 3 or better on AP exams. She really credits AP students for their hard work, especially considering there’s a lot of academic work to be completed during summer break. “This selects against kids who intend to do it, but don’t follow through,” said Kieffer. But, for the ones who do follow through, “We’re really excited,” she said.