BY: Nicole White, Beaver Dam Unified School District – Communications Officer
BDHS outperformed the state and global student pass rate on AP exams
Beaver Dam High School (BDHS) had another successful year of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams this past spring. For the sixth year in a row, BDHS outperformed the state and global student pass rate on AP exams. BDHS had an 81% pass rate, compared to 63% for the state of Wisconsin, and 54% globally. BDHS students passed a total of 72 exams in 2019, which is the highest number of exams passed by BDHS students since 2015. Students scored at or above the state and global average in the following courses: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature & Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art 2-D, AP United States Government & Politics, and AP United States History.
Overall, there were 176 students who took 308 exams. Of those, 143 students scored a 3 or higher on 221 exams with a pass rate of 81%, with 19% scoring a 5, 26% scoring a 4, and 27% scoring a 3.
In addition, BDHS had 49 AP Scholars this year, with an overall average score of 3.45. Scholars are divided into 4 different subgroups:
National AP Scholar – granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Two students from BDHS were recognized as National AP Scholars: Akshay Kalra and Katelyn Schlefke
AP Scholar with Distinction – 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. 14 BDHS students were recognized with this honor: Neil Braker, Robin Carpenter, Joceline Helmbreck, Kaleb Heuer, Rebecca Hose, Akshay Kalra, Jasmine Krahn, Marshal McGauley, Chloe McQuin, Tyler Pamperin, Katelyn Schlefke, Megan Stippich, Theodore Vessey, and Eduardo Zavala.