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1,500 GCPS pupils now AP scholars

LAWRENCEVILLE - Their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams has earned 1,545 Gwinnett County Public Schools students designation as AP Scholars, a College Board recognition for high performance on college-level work while in high school.

This group of Gwinnett students is part of the top 18 percent of the 1.6 million students worldwide who took AP exams and performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar award, according to a news release.

"The high number of Gwinnett students earning this distinction speaks volumes of our commitment to student success," Chief Academic Officer Steve Flynt said. "We challenge all Gwinnett students with rigorous college-level academic work, encouraging students to accept the AP challenge. We are extremely proud of the work our high schools do to prepare Gwinnett students for a successful future."

The College Board recognizes the following different levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP exams:

AP Scholar Award. In Gwinnett, 749 students qualified by completing at least three AP exams with grades of 3 or higher.

AP Scholar with Honor. In Gwinnett, 293 students qualified by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and making grades of 3 or higher on four ore more exams.

AP Scholar with Distinction. In Gwinnett, 503 students qualified by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and making grades of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

National AP Scholar. In Gwinnett, 82 students qualified for the award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP exams taken and making grades of 4 or higher on eight or more exams.

Because a student must first earn the AP Scholar with Distinction Award before becoming a National AP Scholar, several students received multiple awards.

Through 37 different college-level courses and exams provided in Gwinnett County, AP course provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admissions process, the news release states.