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Kings Valley Charter School (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News

Kings Valley Charter School earned recognition on the Advanced Placement Program School Honor Roll, officials announced this week.

Schools can earn the AP School Honor Roll recognition based on the ability to increase a college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit and maximizing college readiness.

There are four levels of distinction — platinum, gold, silver and bronze. Based on specific factors related to AP testing, Kings Valley Charter School earned the highest ranking of platinum.

Maggie Simcoe, KVCS office assistant and marketing coordinator, said all seniors took at least one AP exam during high school, 60% of seniors scored a three or higher on at least one exam and 60% took five or more AP exams. Those factors, she said, led to the platinum ranking.

The AP Program develops college-level courses that high schools can choose to offer and corresponding AP exams that are administered once a year.

KVCS offers multiple AP courses including biology, human geography, physics, calculus, and English literature and composition. Students have access to one section in each of those courses.

Simcoe said the vast majority of KVCS teachers are certified to teach AP courses.