The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has reached a new level of excellence, having achieved international recognition as the only school district on the planet to achieve placement on the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll every year since the program’s inception in 2011.
Having being listed as one of the top performing districts on the plant for nine consecutive years is no small feat, and staff were quick to praise the dedication of their students, administrators and teachers.
“Much of the credit goes to our teachers who put our students on a path to success, beginning in the elementary and middle school years and into the high school classrooms. We are also grateful to our classified staff, administrators and parents for all that they do to provide opportunities for all students to engage in high levels of learning,” Superintendent Rick Schmitt said.
“Our students are motivated and prepared for the rigor of the AP curriculum. Our teachers are welcoming and inclusive, making their classrooms a place where students can succeed,” he added.
This year the SRVUSD was one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be placed on the honor roll. SRVUSD officials said in order to receive the international designation a district needs to increase the number of students participating in AP, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores three or higher.
The College Board placed a particular importance on diversity in schools, and specifically looks at the number of students in subgroups that participate, as well as documents if their scores earn a three or higher. According to the College Board subgroups consist of students who are American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander.
In order to be considered, district's also need to improve their performance levels when comparing results over the past three years.
District officials further state that in 2018, 5974 SRVUSD students, 87% of all district participants, received the necessary score of three or higher. In 2018 the district administered the PSAT to all high school juniors free of charge, a move officials say reduced barriers for all students.
“Success in (AP) is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them,” Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and instruction at the College Board, said in a statement. “We applaud the district’s educators, administrators, and leadership for ensuring -- for nine consecutive years -- that a more diverse population of students has the chance to earn college credit during high school.”