IDEA Recognized on the College Board’s 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

Great news!  

IDEA Public Schools is one of 28 school districts in Texas being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll.  To be included among this Honor Roll is no small feat.  In order to qualify, our schools have had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

Every year, our AP scholars continue to improve and prepare for the rigor of college, thanks to our expert teachers and leaders.  In fact, 24 percent of the class of 2017 became AP scholars. That means they passed three or more AP exams.  During the 2016-17 school year, IDEA scholars also took more than 10, 000 AP tests!  That number will only grow in the spring of 2018.


One of our 2017 AP scholars was Shehryar Khursheed from IDEA Quest College Preparatory.  By the time Shehryar graduated from IDEA, he’d taken and passed 15 AP classes!  This fall, he began his collegiate career at The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania.  Shehryar—and IDEA 2017 alumni across the country—have begun their college careers ahead of the game and ready to excel.    

We are so proud of these results, especially when national data shows that among students of color with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating.  At IDEA, every student takes AP or IB classes, which not only match the rigor of college, but also prepare our students for acceptance into the university of their choice.

While IDEA is honored to be recognized among these exemplar school districts, we are even more thrilled because of what it means for our scholars.  We are reminded of the words of a current eleventh grader at IDEA Allan College Preparatory, Christobal Velez, who a few months back, had this to say at the IDEA Austin Opportunity Luncheon:  

“I have passed AP Geography, Spanish, and World History, and I am on a mission to pass more AP classes this year.  I’m currently taking AP U.S. History, Physics, Computer Science, Psychology, and English Language & Composition.  I have worked hard and am proud of my achievements. But these achievements for me are a necessity.  You see, as an AP scholar, I gain college credits with each exam that I pass. I NEED these AP credits.  Passing these AP exams means the difference of thousands of dollars towards my education, and that’s something I simply cannot take for granted.”

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