Diocese of Knoxville Named to AP District Honor Roll

On November 12, the Diocese of Knoxville was selected to the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board. This is the second year in a row that the Diocesan high schools, Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School (Chattanooga), were recognized for this academic achievement. The Diocese was one of only four districts in Tennessee that met the criteria to be placed on the AP Honor Roll. The other Tennessee districts were the Cocke County School System, Greeneville City Schools, and Jefferson County Schools. "Over the past 8 years, Knoxville Catholic High School has doubled the number of AP courses in our curriculum while more than tripling our student enrollment,” said Dickie Sompayrac, KCHS Principal. “It is a real credit to our AP teachers that we have been able to significantly increase the access, while also maintaining extremely competitive pass rates. To be recognized on the AP Honor Roll for two consecutive years is a real testament to both diocesan high schools - Notre Dame and Knoxville Catholic." A total of 539 school districts across the U.S. and Canada are being honored by the College Board for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work, while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.  To be named to the Honor Roll, schools must have opened AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. Criteria used for inclusion in the AP District Honor Roll include:
  • Increased access to AP courses
  • The percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP exams must not have decreased more than 5% for large and medium districts and 10% for small districts
  • Performance levels were maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams scoring 3 or higher from 2010 to 2012.