Malverne High School and Commack High School are among 373 schools in the United States and Canada recognized by College Board for maintaining and increasing students' participation in Advanced Placement courses and performance on AP exams.
The two schools were the only ones on Long Island on the ninth annual AP District Honor Roll. Malverne made the list for the third time in recent years, while it was Commack's second recognition since 2010. Statewide, 14 schools were named.
"We were very proud of the fact that not only have we received this award three different times in the last five years, but . . . that we have been cited for all the criteria they measure," Malverne Superintendent James Hunderfund said Friday.
College Board, the Manhattan-based sponsor of the Advanced Placement program and the SAT admissions exam, said inclusion on the AP District Honor Roll was based on examination of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018.
Criteria included more participation overall and maintenance or increased participation and performance among minority students.
Another benchmark was improved performance when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 who scored a 3 or higher, out of 5, on AP exams with the percentage achieving those levels in 2016. That criterion applied unless more than 70 percent of a district's AP students already scored a 3 or higher.
Malverne officials said the high school, which has about 550 students, showed a 23 percent increase in enrollment in AP courses and a 15 percent increase in the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher. It offers 17 AP classes, with 175 students currently taking those courses.
Vincent Romano, principal of Malverne High School, said students enrolled in the classes "are really taking college-level courses in a small environment" and have the benefit of additional support .
Commack High School has more than 2,100 students and offers nine Advanced Placement courses. This year, 350 students are enrolled those classes, whereas 193 took AP courses in 2016. Those scoring a 3 or better on AP exams jumped 31 percent from 2016 to June 2018.
“This is another testament to our dedication and commitment to our ‘Access and Opportunity’ philosophy, which allows all students to access higher-level courses of interest,” Commack Superintendent Donald James said.