Warwick Valley HS makes the AP Honor Roll


Warwick Valley HS makes the AP Honor Roll

October 3, 2023
We are proud to share that WVHS earned a place on the AP® School Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year!

The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools that have done outstanding work developing (and seeing the positive results of) AP programs that create a college-going culture and give students opportunities to earn college credit and to maximize their college outcomes.

WVHS Principal Georgianna Diopoulos shared the exciting news!

“We are all very proud of the work that our staff and students have done to earn this distinguished honor,” she said. “We have an AP program here at the high school that truly is an invaluable resource for students who have college on their minds. I look at it as the final brush strokes on our Portrait of a Graduate, because these classes give students some final guidance on what comes next, from levelling up academically to building new life skills.”    

During the 2022-2023 school year, WVHS had 62 students enrolled as AP scholars. Twenty-five of those students were AP scholars with honors, and 39 were AP scholars with distinction.

Research shows that AP students are more likely to attend college and graduate on time. Students who enter a four-year college with credit from AP courses, accelerate their path to graduation and build confidence for college success. And even for those who don’t earn college credit, AP coursework provides early exposure to college-level work and contributes to a college-going school culture.

WVHS offers 13 Advanced Placement courses: American History, World History, U.S. Government & Politics, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics C, Calculus BC, English Language & Composition, English Literature, Computer Science A and Computer Science Principles. Additionally, students have the opportunity to challenge themselves with 20 Honors Courses, as well as 12 college level courses offered through educational partnerships with SUNY Albany, SUNY Orange, and Mount Saint Mary College. Through courses like these, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond.

“AP represents an opportunity for students to stand out to colleges, earn college credit and placement, and potentially boost their grade point averages,” said Trevor Packer, head of the AP program. “The schools have shown that they can expand access to these college-level courses and still drive high performance – they represent the best of our AP program.”

“We’re very fortunate to have the dedicated support it takes from administrators, faculty, and the community to provide our students with such outstanding AP, honors, and college level opportunities,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Leach. “Not only do we have the programs, but we make sure that our families know all about them, about the myriad benefits of taking those courses, and exactly when and how to enroll in them.”

Also worth mentioning, six WVHS students were also named Commended Students in 2023 by the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

As for fostering a college-going culture, the WVHS courses certainly seem to be doing just that.

Of the 344 graduates in the Class of 2023…

  • 61.4% planned to attend college (4 year)
  • 27.7% planned to attend college (2 year, tech, trade school)    

Congratulations to everyone in the Warwick Valley school community whose contributions helped make this happen! And, while we’re talking about AP programs, how about a look back at this Superintendent’s Spotlight on Class of 2023 Valedictorian Thomas Kanz who nailed a PERFECT SCORE on one of his AP Exams!

Superintendent’s Spotlight: Thomas Kanz


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