WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Library Media Center at West Orange High School was filled with students, parents, teachers and administrators on May 26 to recognize the accomplishments of Advanced Placement students. 

The Advanced Placement program at WOHS offers juniors and seniors the rigorous academic challenges of a first-year college course, as well as the opportunity to take the AP Placement Exam in May. Students receiving scores of three, four, or five on an exam may be able to receive credit upon entering college. Current courses offered include: foreign languages, several mathematics, English, sciences, history and Music and Art. 

Assistant Principal Dr. Kimberly Mancarella said, “We continue to increase our percentage of AP students who score three and above. Over the past three years, we advanced from 74 percent scoring three or above, to 81 percent scoring three or above. In 2013, 313 AP students took 569 AP exams. In 2014, 350 AP students took 682 AP exams.”

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She added, “West Orange High School consistently scores above state and national averages in AP testing. In 2014, 81.1 percent of our students scored a three or above, while the New Jersey average was 74.2 percent and the national average was 61.3 percent.”

The students recognized represented seniors who had taken AP tests in 2014, and 2014 graduates. AP test scores are not released until July, so this year’s grades will count for next year. 

The WOHS administration created a special Recognition for Outstanding Performance Award for students achieving a five, the highest score that can be achieved on an AP exam. 

College Board AP Scholars were recognized next. Students must receive scores of three or more on three or more AP Exams. AP Scholars with Honor must receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and a score of three or higher on four of more of the exams. AP Scholars with Distinction must receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of three or higher on five or more of the exams. Finally, National AP Scholars were recognized, who received an average of at least four on all AP exams taken and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams. 

Superintendent Jeff Rutzky addressed the students, congratulating them for their hard work and efforts, as well as the parents.

“You make us proud,” said Rutzky, “and I would like to say thank you to your parents, who have supported all your efforts and accomplishments.” 

The name of each student recognized appears on a plaque outside the Conforti Office, where they will remain for many years to come.