Advanced Placement Exams Save Lincoln-Way Students Over $3.5 Million in Tuition
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

In the 2015-2016 school year, District 210 Board of Education Goal 1.3D challenged teachers to increase the enrollment and success rate of high-achieving students in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. At the July 21 Board Meeting, Lincoln-Way released the results of the 2016 AP testing, revealing $3.5 million in tuition savings for Lincoln-Way families.

From 2015-2016, both the number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and the number of AP exams grew. Course enrollment grew by 48 percent district-wide, and the total number of AP exams taken by Lincoln-Way students jumped from 2173 to 3410--a 57 percent increase.

“Teacher encouragement and preparation, online registration, and Skyward communication are all to credit for these increases,” says Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Tim Reilly.

Any test-taker who earns a score of 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam is guaranteed college credit at Illinois public universities. Lincoln-Way students earned a 3 or higher on 2,218 AP exams--an estimated tuition savings of $3,548,800.

“We were looking forward to seeing these results, and the wait was well worth it. The amount of time and money that students have saved through their participation in AP courses and exams is unbelievable. AP will remain a focus for Lincoln-Way, and we will continue to encourage students to challenge themselves with the most rigorous courses we offer,” says Reilly.

Among those who earned college credit are 478 National AP Scholars. Twenty-one of these students reached the highest recognition that the AP College Board provides--a score of 4 or 5 on eight or more AP exams. Those students are: Alexander Greer, William Newman, Kenneth Hill, Nathan Chianelli, Abigail Hasson, Bailey Leavy, Hannah Goss, Ashley Pop, Olivia DeGroot, Sahil Shah, Dario Panici, Kyle Anderson, Joseph Bullard, Jennifer Franceschini, Austin Pearson, Abigail Gorecki, John Gustafson, Nell Borys, Kayla Reda, Anna Tarach, and Sabrina Norton.

Reilly says, “Alexander Greer and William Newman are graduates who essentially graduated from high school as if they were sophomores in college.” He explains, “They earned a score of 4 or 5 on thirteen AP exams, and each of those AP exams will count toward a 3 or 4 credit hour class. This means these students will begin college with 39-52 credits and can either graduate early, or choose to pursue a double or triple major. By working incredibly hard and taking advantage of our AP opportunities, they have earned a huge head-start. We are incredibly proud of all of our AP students.”