Rockwall High School Named to Advanced Placement School Honor Roll
College Board announced that Rockwall High School has been named to the Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) School Honor Roll, earning the Silver distinction.
The AP® School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.
Rockwall High School had 52% of seniors who took at least one AP exam during high school, 37% of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 13% of seniors who took five or more AP exams. There are currently 27 AP courses taught and 24 AP teachers at Rockwall High School, including AP psychology teacher Sarah Reidlinger.
“In my classroom, I am always challenging my students to create their own application examples from their life experiences as a means to expand their understanding of psychology,” Ms. Reidlinger said. “This supports my students’ academic success for higher-level questioning of an AP exam.”
Ms. Reidlinger hopes the Silver Distinction will encourage more students to challenge themselves to take on advanced academic classes. Rockwall High School Principal Dane Steinberger believes the distinction reflects the hard work of the students and teachers.
“Their attention to high levels of rigor is evident and will only grow for the upcoming years,” he said. “This recognition means so much to me as the principal because it shows the desire to strive for excellence among students, families and teachers within the academic arena."
Dr. Matthew Redman, Advanced Academics, International Baccalaureate and Secondary Social Studies Coordinator, said this achievement is a group effort from the entire school community.
"Attaining this level of recognition requires a concerted effort involving dedicated teachers, counselors, administrators, students, and parents,” Dr. Redman said. “This distinction highlights Rockwall High School's steadfast commitment to fostering a college-bound culture, offering diverse pathways for students to accrue college credit while still in high school."
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.