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Art Dept. dominates AP Exam

BY Katharine Calabro - kcalabro@perutribune.com

Peru High School is celebrating their second straight year of a 100 percent pass rate on the advanced placement art exam after finding out the information on July 5.


With PHS being one of the only schools within Miami County to offer an AP art class, Art Teacher Mike Applegate hopes the program will help increase enrollment.


“I would think students in this area, knowing that we are one of the only schools in Miami county that offer AP art classes, would want this class,” he said. “This is for the kids that want to go to college for art, and this will give them an art credit and get them out of the basic classes.”


In 2017, PHS had eight students who took the AP art exam and passed. This year, the school had 13 students accomplish the same.


According to the College Board website, the AP exam scoring is based on a 5 point scale; 5 being extremely qualified, and 1 being no recommendation.


In order for a student to gain college credit, he or she must receive a score of 3 or higher, however, each college or university ultimately has the final word in what they accept. For PHS, not only did the students pass, but they all received scores that would qualify them to obtain college credit.


“Not only did they pass, we had six 5,  five 4 and three 3,” said Applegate. “I was hoping for 50 percent, which would have been excellent."


Applegate added anything over 30 percent is above and beyond.


Applegate said he is hoping to receive all 5’s this year, but states this AP course isn’t all about scoring; it's about how to prepare students for college.


“They have to understand the timing done and start understanding the importance of time management,” he said.


He explained students have a total of  24 art pieces they are required to complete throughout the year, and they then send in 12 of those theme-based pieces to three judges in Utah. The other 12 breadth pieces are sent to three other judges. Finally, students collect five of their best pieces from those judges and send them to be judged for a final recommendation.


PHS Principal Paul Frye stated that these results exemplify the art program.


“Those kids here do amazing things and it’s really something to see; I'm very proud,” he said. “You have to have very dedicated teachers and students, that’s what makes it possible.”