Northwest ISD schools named to AP School Honor Roll
Northwest ISD is proud to announce that Byron Nelson High School, Eaton High School and Steele Early College High School have all been named to the Advanced Placement Program School Honor Roll.
The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.
In order to earn the distinction, schools must meet each of the following criteria for their students in the most recent graduating class
- 40% or more of the graduating cohort took at least 1 AP Exam during high school.
- 25% or more of the graduating cohort scored a 3 or higher on at least 1 AP Exam during high school.
- 2% or more of the graduating cohort took 5 or more AP Exams during high school. At least 1 of those exams was taken in 9th or 10th grade, so that students are spreading their AP experience across grades rather than feeling disproportionate pressure in any single year.
In addition, Byron Nelson and Eaton have both earned the AP Access Award, which honors schools that demonstrate a clear and effective commitment to equitable access to advanced coursework. Schools earn the additional award if the percentage of AP Exam takers who are underrepresented minority and/or low-income students mirrors the school's overall student demographics.
In total, Northwest ISD currently offers 28 different AP courses. Last year, NISD students took 3,687 AP Exams with 1,419 students earning scores of 3 or higher on at least one exam.
The Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both—while still in high school. Through AP courses, each culminating in a challenging exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond.