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District named to AP honor roll for second time


Sparta Area Schools has been named to the ninth annual AP District Honor Roll.

The district is one of only 373 in the U.S. and Canada named by the College Board to the honor roll. This recognition highlights schools that successfully increase the percentage of students who qualify for college credit based on their AP scores.

“This recognition is a tribute to our teaching staff, that has committed themselves to providing more opportunities to more students, and to our students who have accepted the challenge of a more rigorous curriculum and higher expectations” Superintendent Pete Bush said.

Advanced Placement courses are college level courses, sanctioned by the College Board, that students take during high school. Students who score a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam are eligible for college credit that will follow them to their colleges/universities of choice.

National data show that among underrepresented students with a high degree of
readiness for AP, only about half are participating.

Sparta was also on the honor roll in 2014. “Being named yet again to the Honor Roll is a significant honor for Sparta High School and Sparta Area Schools,” said high school Principal Matt Spencer. “This … is a tribute to our students, teachers, as well as to the educators in our elementary and middle schools.”

Inclusion in the ninth annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP
data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

“We will continue to look for ways to better prepare our students for college and careers, and give them a competitive advantage when they graduate from Sparta High School,” Bush said.

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Janice Holst
Janice Holst
Janice Holst is a reporter covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio or email Janice.

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