Bishop Chatard was one of 54 Indiana high schools to receive the Advanced Placement (AP) Award from the state of Indiana on June 13, 2019. BCHS ranked 13th in the state for success on AP exams, making it the highest-achieving diocesan school in Indiana.
To qualify for this award, a school must have had at least 25 percent of its 2018 graduating class receive a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam. 42 percent of Bishop Chatard’s Class of 2018 graduates earned a 3, 4 or 5, placing the North Deanery high school in the top 3 percent of Indiana high schools.
AP is a research-based program designed to facilitate student participation and success through delivery of college-level courses and corresponding exams in the high school setting. According to the Indiana Dept. of Education, qualified students who pass AP courses enroll in college at higher rates, require significantly less remediation, and have higher first-year grade point averages and credit hours earned than other groups of students.
At the majority of colleges and universities, a 3 or above on an AP exam qualifies a student for college credit.
Administrators credit Bishop Chatard’s success to the dedication of its faculty and the willingness of its students to embrace the challenge and rigor of AP classes. Well over half of the Class of 2018 earned college credits through Advanced Placement credit or Dual Credit courses taken while in high school, positioning graduates for post-secondary success.
This is the third consecutive year that Bishop Chatard has been recognized for AP success. The state will recognize success by members of the Class of 2019 in Summer 2020.