Randolph High School Has More AP Scholars Than Ever Before
Randolph High School had a total of 145 Advanced Placement scholars recognized by the College Board for the 2017-18 academic year. This includes 48 AP Scholars, 26 AP Scholars with Honor, 71 AP Scholars with Distinction and 22 National AP Scholars.
Jonathan Olsen, Randolph’s Director of Secondary Education, said he was very impressed with the results. “The students and our teachers have worked hard and the scores reflect this effort,” Olsen said. “Randolph recognizes all these tremendous scholars and the teachers who help prepare them to complete these rigorous courses and exams. Of significance is the fact that we had 22 National AP Scholars-our most ever-which is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Last year we had 7 National AP Scholars.”
Randolph High School Principal Debbie Iosso praised RHS students and graduates for their achievements and also recognized the school’s AP teachers. “We have an outstanding advanced placement program at RHS as evidenced by the 145 students who have received AP scholar status as a result of the May 2018 administration of AP exams - some with honor and some with distinction,” she said.
Of the 22 National AP Scholars, 21 of them graduated in June and two of them, Yuri Lin and Trevor Liss, will be seniors at RHS this year. The students who have graduated are: Christopher Archer, Kelyn Chen, Lucas Clement, Briana DiCostanzo, Felicity Gonzalez, Eric Gu, Ajay Hariharan, Sydney Jenkins, Daniel Kim, Brett Ludwig, Brandon Luong, Ethan May, Brooke Olsen, Haley Ornstein, Jeffrey Putlock, Gavin Renken, Jenna Sandler, Renee Shen, Jake Steinfink and Samantha Tassillo.
The College Board scholar recognition is based on the following criteria:
- AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams
- AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores a 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
- AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams
- National AP Scholar: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams
- Average AP score and total tests taken is determined based on all exams taken this year and in previous years
Overall, Randolph students performed impressively on Advanced Placement exams in 2018. Olsen noted that, 89 percent of Randolph High School students who took an Advanced Placement exam in the 2017-18 school year scored a 3 or higher, compared to 72 percent in New Jersey and 61 percent globally.
In the 2017-18 school year, almost 30 percent of exams taken by Randolph High School students earned a score of 5, while almost 32 percent received a score of 4.