Mobile Public school students honored as AP Scholars

144 students receive honors for Advanced Placement classes

Leah O'Rourke
Leah O'Rourke is one of the students named an AP scholar, and she is planning to attend to Princeton.

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile County Public School systems said 144 students, including 49 from Baker High School, 33 from Davidson and 30 from Murphy were named AP Scholars, based on Advanced Placement tests administered this past spring.

Rena Phillips with the MCPSS said the students scored at least a 3 out of 5 on at least three Advanced Placement exams, and will be able to earn college credit for their work in the courses. Baker High had the most students to receive the honors, with 49 AP Scholars, followed by Davidson with 33 and Murphy with 30.

This spring, 1,525 students took 2,706 exams, and MCPSS said they are working to increase the number of students taking the tests and the course. The numbers have increased from 1,468 students taking 2,641 exams in 2013 and from 404 students taking 558 AP exams in 2009.

MCPSS says they have increased the number of Advanced Placement courses offered in all 12 high schools and, the school system now pays for the tests — which cost $85 each — for some students. The district also offers study sessions and provides students with test preparation booklets.

“I am proud. We’ve increased every single year,” said Toni Worsham, Secondary Coordinator and Language Arts Supervisor for Mobile County Public Schools. “We know this is going to help our students be more prepared for college or the career they have chosen.”

Here’s a breakdown of the AP Scholars by school:

  • Bryant High: 4 AP Scholars.
  • Baker High: 34 AP Scholars; 3 AP Scholars with Honor; 12 AP Scholars with Distinction; 3 National AP Scholars; for a total of 49.
  • Citronelle High: 3 AP Scholars.
  • Davidson High: 27 AP Scholars; 5 AP Scholars with Honors; 1 AP Scholar with Distinction; for a total of 33.
  • Mary G. Montgomery High: 9 AP Scholars; 4 AP Scholars with Honor; 1 AP Scholar with Distinction; for a total of 14.
  • Murphy: 21 AP Scholars; 3 AP Scholars with Honor; 6 AP Scholars with Distinction; 1 National AP Scholar; for a total of 30.
  • Theodore High: 5 AP Scholars; 1 AP Scholar with Honor; 5 AP Scholars with Distinction; and 1 National AP Scholar; for a total of 11.

Here is what each distinction means:

  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
  • 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
  • State AP Scholar: Granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken
  • 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
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