Last spring, we shared with you the news that Kennebunk High School was named by U.S. News, and by Newsweek, as one of Maine’s best high schools. This fall, the accolades have continued. Kennebunk High School has now been recognized as one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 4th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that the school is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.
Since 2011, Kennebunk High has increased the number of students participating in AP coursework by 16% while maintaining a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.
Susan Cressey, Kennebunk High School Principal, says “At KHS, we teach the skills needed to succeed in Advanced Placement and other college-level classes to our underclassmen. This prepares the students for a smooth transition into AP classes, as well as to college. Currently, 70% of KHS students take either an AP, IB (International Baccalaureate), or Early College class prior to graduation. All students benefit because teachers who have been trained to teach AP, for example, also teach other classes and incorporate the higher-level thinking skills into those courses. Our philosophy is to maintain high standards and provide assistance to help students reach those high standards. The faculty and staff is willing to do whatever it takes for academic success, and we expect the same of our students.”
Along with Greely High School in Cumberland and Falmouth High School, KHS is one of only three high schools in Maine to receive this prestigious recognition.