For the past five years, Turlock Unified School District has been significantly increasing and enhancing Advanced Placement courses at Turlock High School and Pitman High School. This effort has not gone unrecognized as the school district was recently honored on the College Board’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll.
“The devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity. When coupled with a student’s hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes, whether building confidence, learning to craft effective arguments, earning credit for college, or persisting to graduate from college on time,” said College Board Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction Trevor Packer.
Along with 546 other school districts in the United States and Canada, TUSD earned a place on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work, while also maintaining or increasing the number of students who earn a 3 or higher on the AP exams.
According to TUSD Superintendent Sonny Da Marto, this is the first time that the school district has been recognized by the AP District Honor Roll program.
TUSD has made a conscious effort to enhance and increase AP courses at both PHS and THS for prepared and motivated students. The district now offers a variety of AP courses to students, including those in arts, English, history, math/computer science, science, and world languages and cultures.
Currently, a total of 17 different AP courses are offered collectively at TUSD’s comprehensive high schools.
Da Marto hopes that these increased AP course options will further prepare TUSD high school students for college, and ultimately their careers.
“TUSD students benefit from the intense instruction and increased reading and writing expectations that the College Board advocates in preparing students for advance college coursework,” said Da Marto. “These courses give our students an opportunity to accelerate their college education while working to satisfy their high school graduation requirements.”