Kimberly High School (KHS) is thrilled to announce its exceptional achievement of receiving the Level 1 Advanced Placement (AP) Pacesetter Award from the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) along with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Out of the more than 500 public high schools in Wisconsin, KHS is one of only 17 schools to be bestowed with the distinguished Level 1 AP Pacesetter Award.
The Advanced Placement program allows students to tackle college-level work while still in high school and, through taking AP exams and courses, students can earn college credit and placement. There is also a financial advantage to earning AP credits while in high school, which helps students and families lessen the costs of higher education.
“We are committed to providing our students with opportunities to reach their potential in academics and that includes supporting access to Advanced Placement courses. Last year KHS students earned over $1 million in college tuition savings,” said Bob Mayfield, Superintendent of the Kimberly Area School District. “Our students who pursue the challenge of higher-level coursework and the teachers who help them prepare for the exams are truly deserving of this recognition.”
The Pacesetter Awards are unique to Wisconsin and are earned based on the percentage of students participating in college courses combined with each student’s AP Exam scores. To be recognized as a Pacesetter Level 1 School, more than 30% of students at the school must take AP exams and more than 70% of those test-takers must receive a score of 3 or higher (students must receive a three or above to receive Advanced Placement credit).