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Advanced Placement prowess

Here’s some happy news for your Thanksgiving week: 116 Oakland public high school students have been named ”AP Scholars.”

That means they have earned a score of 3 or better (out of 5) on three Advanced Placement exams. Only 18 percent of the 1.6 million AP test-takers nationwide can claim that distinction, according to the College Board (via OUSD release).

Here are the number of AP Scholars at each high school:

Skyline – 53
Oakland Tech – 41
Oakland High – 20
College Prep and Architecture Academy (Fremont) – 1
Mandela High School – 1

Congratulations to the students and the teachers involved! Those exams are no joke. Well, I studied pretty darn hard for them, all of those years ago, and I doubt they’ve gotten easier.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Nextset

    Hmmm, Imagine if all these people were transferred to one school (Oakland Tech or Skyline?) and attended school under one roof – while lowest scoring students at the designated school were transferred out to make room for them. Repeat the process every year…

    That one school would eventually begin to rival the best of the East Bay schools. And the students would become more associated with each other rather than those in the schools the came from… Next stop, college.

  • former hills parent

    Nextset: I have no doubt that these students would be able to attend college, regardless of the high school that they attend.

  • oakteach

    Or, (and this is completely radical), imagine if the perfectly capable students at the other high schools were provided with an excellent education (starting in elementary school). Then we wouldn’t NEED to transfer the few students who managed to navigate the system on their own (with their slightly more affluent families) into one building. Imagine that.

    All systems are perfectly designed to achieve the results they get. Unless you are a true believer in the bell curve, we are doing this country and the economy a great disservice by limited the intellectual capital added to the system each year.

    And old news – I was a mathematics major at a prestigious east coast university (graduated with honors). I have a masters degree from a prestigious west coast university (with honors). I will eventually get my doctorate. I used to teach calculus, but moved to middle school for more of a challenge. Shockingly, I was never a cop. Clearly my credentials were not adequate. (Oh, I was a Division I athlete as well. But I’m sure I would have struggled immensely with basic training).

  • Nextset

    Former: Actually, one can have academic potential to attend/complete college but be unable to do so for cultural reasons.

    By bringing the academic students together you minimize some of the cultural failure factors that can contaminate otherwise capable students.

  • John

    Oakteach: There’s nothing “completely radical” about what you’re proposing, it’s called “student tracks.” It can be great while their in class with like brained students. It’s not great when they leave class and get jumped and ripped off for their lunch money or accused of, or jumped on for, “acting white.”

    I also favor ‘Protective Custody Schools’ for high potential Oakland students, maybe protective housing as well.

    Who knows, one of these “imagined” academically segregated graduates might one day become mayor and “give back to the community” what Oakland’s current mayor is taking away from it.

    Did I just say “SEGREGATED!” Naah, can’t happen! Oakland doesn’t segregate the better students (or anyone else), it integrates the bad student into the better student schools.

    Viva Lamorinda and Walnut Creek!