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IDEA’s College Prep Success Rates Soars Despite Unprecedented Spring

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Nearly 85% of students took their planned AP exams, and for the first time ever, 30% of the Class of 2020 has earned the AP Scholar designation!  

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Rio Grande Valley, TX – Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, IDEA Public Schools is celebrating the record-breaking achievements of their college preparatory students  

IDEA recently received official Advanced Placement (AP) test results and despite a change to this year’s testing format due to COVID-19, scores increased. 

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 Nearly 85% of IDEA students took their planned AP exams, and for the first time ever, 30% of the Class of 2020 has earned the AP Scholar designation!  AP Scholar status is granted to students earning a score of 3 or higher on at least three AP exams.   

 Highlights from this year’s results include:  

  • At IDEA McAllen, 48% of the Class of 2020 earned AP Scholar Status  
  • At IDEA Alamo, 38% of the Class of 2020 earned AP Scholar Status  
  • At IDEA Quest, 36% of the Class of 2020 earned AP Scholar Status  
  • At IDEA San Juan, 32% of the Class of 2020 earned AP Scholar Status  
  • At IDEA Pharr, 30% of the Class of 2020 earned AP Scholar Status  

IDEA’s ambitious AP for All initiative is a key driver to its 14-year record of 100% college acceptance across its growing network of schools. Advanced Placement courses, developed by the College Board, give students the chance to tackle college-level work and earn college credit while still in high school.  

 IDEA’s AP for All Program prepares students for the demands of college, enhances their applications to Tier I and Tier II schools and increases the likelihood of completing their degree. In addition, taking a single AP course and passing the corresponding exam makes a student over six times more likely to earn their high school diploma and save money in college.  IDEA’s dedicated curriculum team drives success year over year by providing AP teachers with the training, assessments and resources they need to challenge every scholar and get results. Our regional teams and IB Managers also set the vision, work with teachers and campus leaders to achieve and hit the ambitious IB goal. 

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Additionally, IDEA McAllen saw 25% of students named International Baccalaureate scholars. By achieving this goal, IB recipients will receive 24 credit hours at their college or university, which is a testament to IDEA’s work to ensuring all scholars are prepared to handle the rigors of college and graduate in four years or less. 

For more information on IDEA Public Schools please visit www.ideapublicschools.org

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