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Craftsbury Academy Named to AP School Honor Roll

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Craftsbury Academy juniors Charlie Kehler and Anika Leahy who are also AP Calculus students this year take a short break in biology to work on calculus problems at the whiteboard.

HARDWICK – Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union has announced that Craftsbury Academy has been named to the 2023 AP School Honor Roll. The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP program is delivering results and broadening access for students.

Schools can earn the honor roll recognition annually based on their ability to increase their school’s college-going culture, to provide opportunities for students to earn college credit, and for maximizing college readiness. The AP School Honor Roll offers four levels of distinction: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Craftsbury Academy has earned the Silver distinction, with 76% of seniors taking at least one AP exam during high school and 53% of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one AP exam.


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Craftsbury Academy students Anika Leahy, Charlie Kehler, and Will Gerhard in Megan Reed’s AP Biology class get a closer look at a leaf from the Tradescantia zebrina plant as they study gas exchange through the stomatal openings.

Offering 11th and 12th grade students four AP courses per year, Craftsbury Academy options include: AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP World History: Modern, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, and AP US History. Course options alternate from year to year.

Commenting on the news of this recognition, Craftsbury Schools K-12 guidance counselor Sally Guebara said, “While most of our students take AP courses on campus, Craftsbury does also offer AP Courses through Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC). It’s wonderful that we are able to form rich, dynamic relationships with our students while providing excellent learning opportunities. AP classes allow our students the opportunity to compete nationally with other students while maintaining our small hometown environment.”


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Craftsbury Academy junior Will Gerhard observes the fine magenta colored hairs that give Tradescantia zebrina leaves their vibrant color.

 College Board’s Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) enables students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both—while still in high school. Through AP courses in 38 subjects, each culminating in a challenging exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admissions officers that students have sought the most challenging curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

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