Opportunity Honor Roll 2015
William Penn School District Placed on the College Board’s Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll for Expanding Access to College
William Penn School District is one of 130 school districts in the United States being recognized for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students. The districts featured on the College Board’s Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll have expanded access to higher education by providing students with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs.
Penn Wood High School in the William Penn School District is responsible for earning the district a place on the Honor Roll. Dr. D. Brandon Cooley has been Principal of Penn Wood High School for five years. “I knew the potential was there for a long time. It was a matter of organizing our resources to give our students the best opportunity to reflect their abilities so others could see what was innate all along. Not only do we have high achievers who are continuing to improve, but we have students who may not have previously been willing to challenge themselves stand up to take the academic opportunities we provide for them. Clearly, this is reflected in this honor,” Cooley said.
Districts on the Honor Roll demonstrated significant and consistent growth in the number of underrepresented students and students from lower-income backgrounds participating in AP®, taking the SAT®, and applying to four or more colleges.
“The Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll recognizes educators and administrators who excel in delivering opportunity to students,” said David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board. “By increasing access to stimulating courses and college opportunity, they have created a culture of success that will continue to grow and benefit students.
There is no application process for the award. To be included on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll, William Penn School District had to have:
- Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took the SAT
- Increased the total number of underrepresented students who took an AP course and exam
- Increased the total number of underrepresented students who were on track for college, as demonstrated by scoring 1550+ on the SAT
- Increased the total number of underrepresented students who scored a 3 or higher on an AP Exam
- Increased the total number of underrepresented students who sent their SAT scores to at least four colleges
Districts on the Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll show how exemplary classroom instruction, challenging courses, and daily hard work and practice make all the difference in the lives of students.
In December, William Penn School District was also honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. William Penn is one of four school districts in the state of Pennsylvania who made the Gaston Caperton Honor Roll and the only school district in the state that made both the Gaston Caperton AND the 2015 AP District Honor Roll.
The complete Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll can be found here.