Randolph Learning Community,
After an extended break over the summer, the return of students, staff and families is something we always look forward to. This year felt particularly special as I walked the halls of our buildings on the first day of school. The energy and joy of our students and teachers is a feeling I will never forget. I am grateful to witness how far we have come over the past few years. A new chapter has started and it is only the beginning.
We had so much to celebrate in September and I have included a few of those highlights below. To read or see more positive news, I encourage families and community members to follow our district on Facebook and on Twitter. In addition, our Board of Education meetings are a great opportunity to learn more about other news and developments happening in the district. The input of families and community members are valuable, and public participation in meetings is an opportunity to hear new ideas and perspectives. If you are not able to attend a meeting in person, meetings can be accessed via live stream as well as after our meetings. More information can be found in the Board of Education section on our website.
As the month of September closes, we look ahead to October. On the 11th, we will host a staff development day focused on both professional growth and wellness. As we near the end of the fall athletic season, some of our teams may be competing for district and/or state championships. The new facility project on Bauer Field is expected to be completed by the end of the month, with the new science rooms at RHS scheduled for completion in November. Several events are scheduled for the community to enjoy including the drama program’s production of the Harry Potter inspired play Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic which opens on the 21st and RHS Choir’s annual Poptoberfest on the 22nd. Our school buildings and parent teacher organizations have also been hard at work organizing events for the fall. There truly are so many opportunities for our students that it is difficult to list them all.
I wish everyone wellness and happiness as we start a new month of learning, and as always please be safe and be well.
Jennifer Fano, Superintendent of Schools
Randolph High School Students Achieve Impressive AP Results in 2021
According to the National Center for Educational Accountability, an AP exam score of a 3 or higher is a strong predictor of a student’s ability to persist in college and earn a bachelor’s degree. Randolph has supported the growth of our advanced placement curriculum for more than a decade and recognizes the role that AP courses can have on college and postgraduate readiness.
Overall, Randolph had an impressive 759 AP exams taken in 2021. There was a fair amount of uncertainty during the year about what Advanced Placement exams might look like and how students would take them. Ultimately, students were allowed a choice in most cases to take the exam in paper at school or electronically at home. Most Randolph students decided to take the exam at school and the high school team offered all paper-based options available to students. Randolph students would not be deterred and demonstrated continued success on these tests as they have over the last decade. Randolph High School students had a passing rate of 82% on this year’s AP exams. In order to pass an AP exam, a student must earn at least a 3. This score, as recommended by the College Board, demonstrates that a student is “qualified” to receive college credit and placement. A score of 4 would demonstrate that a student is “very well qualified” (a college course grade equivalent of an A-, B+, or "B") and a score of 5 would demonstrate that a student is “extremely well qualified” (a college course grade equivalent of an A or A+).
Out of the 82% of students who passed their exams, more than half (56%) received a score of 4 or 5. In addition, Randolph had 12 students earn the prestigious AP Capstone diploma. AP Capstone equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is comprised of two AP courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to complement and enhance the discipline-specific study in other AP courses. Along with passing these two courses, students must pass an additional four AP courses to receive the College Board’s Capstone diploma.
The success on this year’s AP exams is a direct reflection of the caliber of our students and the dedication of our exemplary educators.
“Every year our students and staff amaze us with their performance on Advanced Placement exams,” said Jonathan Olsen, the district’s Director of Secondary Education. “Over the past decade, we have ensured all students have access to take AP courses if they desire to do so. As a result, many more students have opted to try at least one of these courses during their Randolph High School career. During what was an uncertain time last year, our students performed at an extremely high level given the circumstances. We applaud their work, our teachers who get them ready all year, and our parents that provide the necessary support so our students can excel.”
Randolph High School Receives National Recognition for College Success
The GreatSchools.org College Success Award recognizes and celebrates public high schools across the country that excel at helping students enroll and succeed in college. In 2021, 1,838 schools from 25 states won the annual College Success Award. In addition to winning this year's annual Award, Randolph High School has also been selected as one of only 1,770 schools across the nation to win the inaugural College Success Award Gold — an additional, elevated level of distinction to recognize schools that have a multiyear track record of college success. Awardees are selected based on available college preparation and post-secondary data provided by each state.
Learn more about the Award and this year’s Gold category here: