The Washington Post has released their annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The list is calculated and ranked based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. According to the index, BGHS is ranked 1,455th in America and 10th in Kentucky.
Principal William King says, “Bowling Green High has worked to build one of the largest and most successful Advanced Placement programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We believe that all students should be challenged to reach their full potential and the rigorous AP coursework prepares these students to continue their education at the next level.”
Approximately 53% of current Bowling Green High School students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 43% are minority students. In 2016, 309 students (26%) participated in at least one of 565 Advanced Placement Exams administered. Of those, 67% passed the nationally-normed exam. The state average of high school participation in AP courses is 5% and among participants, the Kentucky average pass rate is 49%.
Bowling Green High School currently offers 21 Advanced Placement courses. This month, 385 students (30% of BGHS) are participating in 613 exams.
Click to view The Washington Post list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/high-school-challenge-2017/?tid=a_inl.