This past May, 109 out of 122 students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) World History scored a passing grade or higher on the rigorous national exams -- an astounding rate of 89%. This marked the first year the course has been offered.
"What makes this so remarkable is the size of the class," says
Principal Frank Kozakowski. "Usually, AP courses are a bit smaller,
selecting for students who stand the best chance of passing." Offered
to sophomores, the world history class enrolled a high number of
students with stellar results.
Dan Annarelli, who taught the section with James Zucker '91, credits
the accomplishment to the students. "Throughout the entire academic
year, these young men were intellectually curious," Mr. Annerelli says.
"They were open to new ideas and motivated to prove what they had
The AP program at Loyola has grown dramatically since it was started,
rising from 159 individual exams taken in 1988 to over 1,141 this year,
with an average pass rate of nearly 80% overall.
Mr. Kozakowski observes that the breadth of the success in world
history is a credit to the students as well as the culture of the
entire school. "While the social science department justly deserves
praise, the entire academic community helped to achieve this," he says.
"Loyola's approach to academic discipline has produced remarkable
results. The entire school celebrates this achievement."