Four Summit CDS graduates named National Advanced Placement Scholars

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Four recent graduates of The Summit Country Day School have been named National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars, the highest award level in the AP program. 

Neng “Ben” Chai is a freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ben took 10 exams. Hanchen “Jeffery” Huang is attending the University of California, Los Angeles. Jeffery took 11 exams. Caroline Kubicki is at the University of Pennsylvania. Caroline took 10 exams. And Yurui “Jerry” Wu attends Northwestern University. Jerry took 11 AP exams.
 
To become a National AP Scholar, these students had to earn a score of 4 or 5 on at least eight AP exams.

Altogether, Summit students who took AP tests received 90 awards from the College Board for outstanding performance, the highest number in school history. In addition to the four National Scholars, awards:  

  • 40 students were named AP Scholar with Distinction for scoring at least 3.5 on all exams and 3 or higher on five or more exams. 
  • 20 were named AP Scholar with Honor for scoring 3.25 or more on all exams and 3 or higher on at least four exams. 
  • 26 were named AP Scholar for scoring 3 or higher on three or more exams. 

Not all of the students who received AP recognition this year were seniors. The cumulative scores reflect student performance on tests in May of this year as well as in previous years.   

Kirstin Pesola McEachern, Ph.D., Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, notes that The Summit offers 22 AP classes and requires all students who take AP classes to take the exams. “Many schools allow their students to opt out of the exam if they don’t feel they have done well, but our students know when they sign up that the curriculum will be college level, and they will be tested,” Dr. McEachern said.  

Teachers are also well qualified, she said. Professional development opportunities are available to all faculty who teach AP classes, and several Summit teachers are AP readers, which means they score the national exams. “These teachers know what it takes to do well on the exams. They bring that knowledge back to their classroom and share it with other teachers,” Dr. McEachern said. 

Among the 105 graduates in the Class of 2019, 92 percent took AP classes. Most colleges and universities give college credit for AP classes or allow students to test out of their classes to receive credit. For example, a 2018 Summit alumna who scored a perfect 5 on all nine tests she took at The Summit achieved sophomore status in the second semester of her first year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

AP courses are an advantage for students because the skills they learn prepare them very well for college level work, said The Summit’s College Counseling Director Nick J. Accrocco, Ed.D. “High scores on AP exams might award a student college credit which can not only reduce tuition, but also give them more time to pursue academic and extracurricular pursuits outside the college classroom,” Dr. Accrocco said.  

The Summit offers unique opportunities that contribute to high performances on AP exams, said Head of School Rich Wilson. “Our AP curriculum is varied, so students can find subjects at which they excel. We have some of the best teachers in the city who give every student the individual attention needed to succeed.”  

The Summit is a co-educational, Catholic independent school serving children from 18-months through grade 12. Apply now for the 2020-21 school year. Call 513-871-4700 ext. 261 to request more information or schedule a personal tour.