The curriculum at St. Anthony is designed to challenge even the very best student. Upon graduation, St. Anthony students are prepared for admission to all the major universities in the United States. The average class size at St. Anthony is 24. With a full-time student/teacher ratio of 13:1, teachers are readily available to assist students and provide personalized support. Classes may be combined to meet the needs of each individual student. UC-bound students may have fewer options due to college acceptance requirements.
St. Anthony AP (Advanced Placement) Program
The Advanced Placement program began after World War II, when the Ford Foundation conducted a study involving three college preparatory schools: Lawrenceville School, Phillips Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, and three universities: Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. The study noted that there was a disparity in the preparation students received in high school for college and that subsequently, students were unprepared for the rigors of college. From this study a pilot program was launched in 1952, covering 11 disciplines. The purpose of the exams was to allow high school seniors to take college level courses and then take achievement tests that enabled them to go to college. Students who take these courses study material that is more rigorous and challenging thus preparing them for the demands of college work.
AP exam scores are accepted by colleges and universities all over the country. For more information on specific colleges and universities, please refer to the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com for more details.
St. Anthony offers 14 Advanced Placement courses:
Students who take Advanced Placement courses are required to take the exam for that course in May. An extra grade point and recognition for Advanced Placement/Honors courses is awarded to students who successfully complete their coursework, which includes taking the exam. If a student does not take the exam, they will lose the extra grade point and recognition for Advanced Placement/Honors coursework.
History of the College Board
The College Board was created to help high school student's transition from high school to college. According to the College Board, schools that formed the membership association known as the College Entrance Examination Board wanted to simplify the college application process for students and the colleges. From this group, a common entrance examination was created which ultimately became the SAT exam.