WWS named to annual AP District Honor Roll

Westfield Washington Schools is one of 539 school districts nationwide that has been honored by the College Board with placement on the prestigious Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. WWS made the honor roll for Westfield High School’s increasing access to AP courses while improving the percentage of students earning college credit by scoring a 3 or higher on AP exams.

“This recognition underscores the focus and commitment our high school teachers and staff have on building a program that prepares all students for success,” said WHS Principal Stacy McGuire. “We are focused on the day after graduation. We want all students to be college and career ready.”

In a short period of time, WHS went from a handful of AP courses to establishing an AP program that prepares more students for AP success, provides AP teachers with professional development, and utilizes assessment data to inform continuous improvement. WHS currently offers 21 AP courses, three of which were added for the 2012-2013 school year.

Since 2008, WHS has seen the number of students taking AP exams increase from 151 to 467 last year. During the same period, the number of exams taken increased from 187 to 710 and the number of students earning a 3 or higher went from 69 to 295.

“Our success is a direct result of the district’s vision and the high school’s leadership in three areas: allowing more students access and success in the classroom and on the examination; increasing teacher professional development; and developing a program of academic rigor across all disciplines and course work,” McGuire said.

WHS offers AP courses in Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Ecience, European History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory and Composition, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, statistics, Studio Art 2-D, Studio art 3-D, US Government, US History and World History.