Participation and Performance Report Advanced Placement (AP®) Programs

Research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to graduate on time than otherwise comparable non-AP peers. Students earning a minimum score of 3 on a scale from 1-5 on an AP Exam can earn college credit, advanced placement, or both at most colleges and universities. Performing well on an AP Exam means more than just mastering the material in a particular subject; it is a pathway to success in college.1

Top 10 Districts
AP Excellence: 2009-2010
AP Excellence Index: Percent of all 9th-12th grade students who earned a 3 or higher on any AP exam.

District Rank Students Scoring 3-52 District Size3
1.  Catalina Foothills Unified School District 25.6% Medium
2.  Chandler Unified School District 11.0% Largest
3.  Amphitheater Unified School District* 10.8% Large
4.  Fountain Hills Unified School District 10.2% Small
5.  Tanque Verde Unified School District 9.1% Very Small
6.  Paradise Valley Unified School District 8.8% Large
7.  Scottsdale Unified School District 8.4% Large
8.  Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified School District* 7.8% Very Small
9.  Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District* 6.3% Medium
10. Cave Creek Unified School District 6.2% Medium

* District with 40% or greater enrollment of students qualifying for free or reduced price meals.

Data Sources:

1. The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation, College Board 2010

2. ADE 2009-2010 Enrollment Data

3. College Board 2009-2010 Arizona AP Exam Data