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Eastbrook honored for AP results

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

Eastbrook High School has garnered recognition from the Indiana Department of Education for its Advanced Placement scores.

The school, along with 71 others in the state, was honored Tuesday with the Advanced Placement Award, a distinction earned because 25 percent or more of the school's graduating class received a passing grade, or a score of three, four or five, on an AP exam.

The awards were based on the scores of the class of 2017. Students had to receive a three or better on an AP exam at some point during their high school career to count towards the school's percentage.

Pat McLaughlin, principal of Eastbrook High, said this isn't the first time Eastbrook had won the award, but that it had been a few years since the school had been a recipient.

The class of 2017 at Eastbrook graduated 118 students, though McLaughlin was unsure how many of those students had enrolled in AP courses or taken exams. Twenty-six percent of Eastbrook's class of 2017 earned a three or higher on an AP exam.

Eastbrook offers AP courses in history, chemistry, English, calculus, art and computer science. English has historically had the highest class enrollment, McLaughlin said, often requiring two sections.

Eastbrook has made it a point to add AP courses to its curriculum over the nine years McLaughlin has been principal. AP computer science is new this year, and AP art has been offered for three years but did not factor into the award-winning graduating class numbers, as there were not enough enrollees to offer the class that year.

“We're pleased with our program,” McLaughlin said, “and I think it's reflective of the rigor in all of our classes as well.”

McLaughlin also pointed to staff efforts in reflecting on the award: “I think it speaks well to our staff and the time and opportunity they put into our students to help them get a jumpstart on college."

According to an Indiana Department of Education press release, AP passing rates are on the rise statewide.

Three percent more graduating students of the class of 2017 passed at least one AP test than the class prior, and passing rates are up 120 percent from Indiana rates 10 years ago, according to the Department of Education.