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HCS holds the lead on the national pass rate for Advanced Placement exams

Newly-released data from The College Board reports that Horry County Schools students maintained a pass rate of 66 percent on Advanced Placement exams, outpacing the state and national averages of 58 percent. Results for 2019 also show that HCS had a three percent increase in the number of students taking AP classes and an increase of seven percent in the number of AP exams taken.

During the 2018-2019 school year, 2,213 HCS students participated in AP classes, up from 2,148 students the previous year. For the school year ending in 2019, students taking AP classes took 3,415 exams, compared to 3,203 exams taken the previous year. The pass rate for AP exams is determined by scores of 3, 4, or 5. Students who earned scores of 3, 4, or 5 are also eligible to receive college course credit.

Six District schools had 2019 AP pass rates that surpassed the national average. They are: The Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology, 81 percent; St. James High School, 73 percent; Carolina Forest High School, 72 percent; Socastee High School, 68 percent; North Myrtle Beach High School, 65 percent; and Myrtle Beach High School, 62 percent.