El Monte Union High School District Honored by College Board

Anne Donofrio-Holter
February 12, 2014 • 555 views

The El Monte Union High School District was honored by the College Board as the nation’s Advanced Placement® (AP) Equity and Excellence (medium-sized) District of the Year in a ceremony held at El Monte High School on February 6.
“The College Board is proud to recognize the students, faculty, and administrators of the El Monte Union High School District for their innovation and commitment to excellence and equity,” said College Board President David Coleman. “Increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program, indicating that the district is successfully preparing a larger array of its’ students for the rigor of AP and college studies.”
The District was honored “for offering a broader, more diverse population of students access to the rigor of AP courses, where more minority and low income students have the opportunity to break down barriers and realize a clear path to college enrollment and completion.”
“Reaching these goals indicates that these districts are successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP coursework,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of Advanced Placement Program, College Board.  “Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community from AP teachers, to district and school administrators, to college professors.”
“This recognition from the College Board for our AP programs is symbolic of the hard work and dedication of everyone in our school district,” said Nick Salerno, El Monte Union High School District superintendent.  “This recognition personifies teamwork and results in great outcomes for the students we serve.  I could not be prouder of our students, staff, schools and district.”
“It is a great honor for our district to receive this recognition,” said Maria-Elena Talamantes, El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees president.  “This is the culmination of the dedication of our AP teachers and the determination of our AP scholars.  We are extremely proud of them and the administrators, parents and staff who support our district.”
In November, the College Board recognized the El Monte Union High School District as one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada to increase access to AP coursework while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.  Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education.  The College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college level studies, with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both, while still in high school.
This July, the El Monte Union High School District, along with the large and small district also recognized by the College Board, will be honored in Philadelphia at the annual AP conference.

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