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    At the middle and high schools in Waco Independent School District, students are given the option of enrolling in Advanced Placement (AP) or Pre-Advanced (Pre-ADV) courses. These courses, which either augment the TEKS or build on the skills dictated by the College Board, offer students more rigorous learning experiences that are equivalent to a college-level course. Advanced Placement courses allow students the ability to test in May for college credit, in addition to high school credit.



  • AP Scholars

    The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. In addition to receiving an award certificate, this achievement is acknowledged on any AP Score Report that is sent to colleges the following fall. The AP Scholar Awards are academic distinctions that students may cite among their credentials on applications and résumés. About 18 percent of the 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.


    Students qualify for the National AP Scholars Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken and scores of four or higher on eight or more of these exams.

    To qualify for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams.

    To earn the AP Scholar with Honor Award, students must score an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of three or higher on four or more of these exams. 

    By completing three or more AP Exams with grades of three or higher, students qualify for the AP Scholar Award.


    Over 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or placement for qualifying exam grades. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and higher graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.


    2020 Waco ISD AP Scholar Recipients

    AP Scholar

    Kathryn Brooks

    Katherine Burnham

    Jonathan Carl

    Thomas DuPuy

    Rebecca Heldenbrand

    Paris Hookham

    Denise Maldonado

    Clair Newman

    Estefania Pizano

    Kaeleana Ramirez

    Genesis Santos

    Evelyn Serrano

    Breanna Ticarat

    Hunter Torres

    Izabel Weaver-Skiles

    Noah Wepney

    Kate Youens


    AP Scholar with Honor

    Melissa Moya-Martinez

    David Roberson

    Abigail Zimmerman


    AP Scholar with Distinction

    Mary Eichenberg

    Bonnie Gibson

    Evelyn Guevara

    Harper Hoover*

    Jon Martinez

    Emily Scott

    Sophia Swenke


    National AP Scholar 

    Harper Hoover*