Ripon High School’s smartest students are among the smartest of them all.
For last school year, the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) has recognized Ripon High School as a pacesetter school in Advanced Placement exams.
Ripon High School achieved a Level 3 (out of three), which means at least 10 percent of students take AP exams and at least 60 percent of the scores are 3 or above (exams being graded on a scale of one to five).
Level 2 would require at least 20 percent of students taking AP exams with at least 65 percent scoring at 3 or above; while Level 1 would require at least 30 percent taking AP exams with at least 70 percent scoring at 3 or above.
“Advanced Placement is a high school academic program with courses in more than 30 subjects that culminate with college-level assessments,” reads the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council website. “Exams are graded on a scale of one to five, with a score of three or higher considered successful and eligible for credit or advanced standing at most colleges and universities. According to College Board, earning a score of three or higher on an AP exam is a good predictor of a student’s ability to succeed in college academic studies and graduate.”
At Ripon High School, which offers 11 AP courses, the popularity and success of the program have been rising in recent years.