Despite a continuing increase in the number of Advanced Placement (AP) exams Spartanburg Day School students are taking, the percentage of students earning a passing score on at least one test rose in 2017.
According to recent results, 83.5 percent of SDS students who took an AP exam earned at least one score of 3 or higher (out of 5). Nationally, that percentage was 60.3. In South Carolina, it was 58.4 percent.
"The scores for 2017 are particularly impressive given the number of exams students are taking," said Jack MacMullan, head of Upper School. "All but 15 students in our Upper School took an AP exam last year, and every senior graduated with a passing score on at least one exam."
Last year, Upper School students took a total of 313 AP exams – an all-time record – compared to 178 five years ago. Of those exams taken in 2017, 77 percent were scored at a 3 or higher. The percentage for South Carolina was 58 percent.