Holyoke High sees large increase in qualifying AP test scores; principal ‘thrilled’ about results

This story originally appeared on MassLive.com on July 29, 2015.

HOLYOKE — Due to their success in high school, many city students are well on their way to earning college degrees.

A record number of Holyoke High School students achieved qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams. Students who take the college-level classes and pass the related test can receive college credit for their scores.

Over 100 scores qualified this school year, up from 36 in 2013. In AP English, 47 students qualified, 29 scored high in AP sciences and 27 in AP math courses, including calculus.

Holyoke High School Principal Stephen Sullivan said he’s “thrilled” about the scores, and attributes the increase to hard work of the school community and a partnership with Mass Insight Education. MIE works with thousands of students across the commonwealth to expand access to college-level courses.

“Our partnership with Mass Insight has played a major role in the increased number of qualifying scores we have seen over the past three years,” he said. “While that partnership has been a significant contributing factor to our growth, I want to acknowledge the dedication and commitment our staff, students and families have shown in improving our AP results; without it these results are not possible. I am confident this trend will continue in 2016 and in the years to follow.”