NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield High School was named to the College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll for the first time, receiving special distinction for increasing access for minority students. Only 547 schools in the United States and Canada made the Honor Roll, 34 in New Jersey and only three in Somerset County.
“These 547 districts are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds,” wrote the College Board.
The High School offers Advanced Placement classes in English and Social Studies, and honors courses in mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts and world languages. Students in the top 10 to fifteen percent of their class are targeted for these classes, and students in AP classes are expected to take the AP Exam at the end of the year.
First released based on the 2011 school year, the Honor Roll is given to schools that increase access to Advanced Placement classes while also maintaining the percentage of students receiving a 3 or higher on the annual AP Exams.
North Plainfield’s school district was one of only four New Jersey schools recognized for achieving these marks while having a minority population greater than 30 percent, and also a low-income population eligible for free school lunches. College Board data shows that across the country only half of minority students who are capable of taking Advanced Placement classes do so because the classes are not available to them.