McKINNEY (July 24, 2014) — McKinney Boyd High School senior Haven Trahan is no stranger to the College Board AP Exams. He’s taken seven of them thus far in his high school career, which is an impressive accomplishment in its own right. But, even more impressive is the fact that he has earned a “5,” the highest possible score, on all seven of them.

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Those scores have helped Trahan earn the AP International Diploma (APID) which, according to the College Board, is a globally recognized award for students who have expressed interest in pursuing university study outside of their native country by requesting scores be sent to colleges abroad. APID requires students to display mastery on AP Exams across several disciplines and represents an exceptional level of achievement. In 2013, only six students in Texas and 350 students nationwide received this recognition.

“Haven Trahan’s success in the field of academia is an inspiration and testament to his talent and dedication,” said Marita Cleaver, McKinney ISD Coordinator of Advanced Academics. “It is exciting to see a student excel in a variety of fields and develop into a well-rounded, 21st century student with a global mindset and understanding.”

Participation in the McKinney ISD Advanced Placement program has been growing in recent years. And, while the number of students taking AP Exams has increased, the number of students recording scores of 3, 4 and 5 on the tests has continued on an upward trajectory as well.

A host of AP students across all three MISD high school campuses earned accolades in 2014 for outstanding performance on AP Exams:

AP Designation Number of MISD Recipients for 2014
AP Scholar 308
AP Scholar with Honor 134
AP Scholar with Distinction 201
AP National Scholar 36

Cleaver said the College Board’s mission is to propel students toward opportunities and to connect them to college success. “Through AP courses, students have the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school. AP exams offer students the opportunity to receive college credit, advanced placement or both. This offers students choices and saves students and parents time and money dedicated to their college education,” she said.

Most colleges and universities in the U.S. and in more than 60 other countries offer credit and placement based on AP scores, and participation in AP classes also helps students qualify for scholarships and for admission to prestigious universities. Cleaver said research shows that by attending a rigorous AP course and taking an AP exam, students are more successful in college and more likely to earn a degree within four years.

For now, Haven Trahan has his senior year of high school to look forward to and decisions to make about college. And a world of opportunity ahead of him.

For more information about Advanced Placement courses offered in MISD, click here.

For more information about the College Board AP program, click here.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

 

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.