HEBRON – Two Hebron Academy students have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program exams.

Qualifying by completing three or more AP exams with grades of 3 or higher were Matthew LaPierre ’06 of Gorham, N.H., and Jonathan Phillips ’06 of Auburn.

The program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance in the AP exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.3 million high school students in 16,000 secondary schools worldwide who took the exams performed at a sufficiently high level to merit the recognition of AP Scholar.

Students took the tests in May 2006 after completing college-level courses at their high schools. The board recognizes several levels of achievement based on student’s performance on AP exams.

Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both based on successful performance on the AP exams. More than 1,400 institutions award a full year’s credit (sophomore standing) to students presenting a sufficient number of qualifying grades.

In 2006, 35 AP exams were offered in a variety of subject areas, each consisting of multiple-choice and free-response (essay or problem-solving) questions.

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Among its best-know programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT and the Advanced Placement Program AP.

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