Capital School District saw a 20% increase in AP Scholars this year.

The Capital School District Board of Education recognized 50 current and graduated high school students as AP Scholars at their meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23.

AP Scholars are students who scored a three or higher on three or more Advanced Placement exams. Nine more students achieved this status this year, which superintendent Dan Shelton said is an almost 20% increase.

Advanced Placement is a College Board program in which high school students take college-level courses. At Dover High, the students are required to take the AP exam, which scores their achievement from one to five.

Many colleges and universities offer course credit for scores greater than 3.

In a school tradition, administrators and staff visited each AP Scholar at their home and planted a yard sign marking their house as a home of a scholar.

“I’m very proud every time I drive by a house with one of those yard signs,” Shelton said.

Almost half of the AP Scholars graduated in June and the rest still attend Dover High.

Of the 50, eight were AP Scholars with Honor, meaning the student received an average score of 3.25 on all exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.

Seven were AP Scholars with Distinction, meaning they scored an average of at least 3.5 on all exams taken with a score of 3 or higher on five or more.

Two were national AP scholars, meaning they earned an average score of 4 or higher on all exams taken and scores of four or higher on eight or more.

Dover High offers the most AP exams in Delaware, said Paul Dunford, director of instruction.

Enrollment in AP courses at Dover High has increased over the last few years and more students are earning scores of four or five, according to a presentation at the Oct. 23 meeting.

There are no prerequisites to take AP courses at Dover High, which Dunford said is important for empowering students.

“Their achievement level doesn’t matter; if they want to take the challenge, they can,” he said.