October 31, 2019
When it comes to the Friars’ highest-achieving students, demand drives supply for course offerings.
Matt Shannon '22, of Western Springs, addresses seniors and sophomore classmates during a recent mock trial activity in his AP Government & Politics class.
Robust Advanced Placement (AP) instruction at Fenwick in 2018-19 produced an astounding 121 AP Scholars last school year. The private (Catholic) school in Oak Park, IL, administered 843 AP tests in 26 subject areas. Presently, there are 131 students enrolled in AP Psychology, a new course offering, this school year.
“The AP program at Fenwick gives our students a clear advantage when they reach college,” asserts Principal Peter Groom. “In some cases, students benefit from the same type of rigor they will see in their college classes. In other cases, students earn college credit, which enables them to focus on upper-level classes at the collegiate level,” Mr. Groom notes. “The wide range of options our students can explore while at Fenwick clearly benefits them.”
Last school year, nearly one in 10 of Fenwick’s students was recognized as an AP Scholar at one of these levels:
- 49 Friars were named AP Scholars, a distinction granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. (Scoring is based on a five-point scale, with 5 being the highest.)
- 17 students were named AP Scholars with Honors, which means they received 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.
- 44 students were named AP Scholars with Distinction. They received 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 tests.
- 11 students were named National AP Scholars for receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams.
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