WDMCS Named College Board Honor Roll District

The West Des Moines Community School District is among 12 Iowa districts –just two of which are from the metro area – to be named to the College Board’s 5th Annual Honor Roll Districts. This is the second consecutive year the WDMCS has earned this honor, demonstrating equity and excellence in its Advanced Placement programming.

The AP District Honor Roll recognizes and honors those outstanding school districts that simultaneously increase access to Advanced Placement® course work while increasing the percentage of students earning “passing” scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully preparing and identifying motivated students who succeed in the rigorous AP course work.

The Valley AP Council, led by Associate Principal Erika Cook and social studies teacher Greg Hudson, has implemented ideas and training that have led to a 50 percent increase in enrollments over the past two years. Valley High School offers more than 20 AP courses.

“We are very proud of our students for challenging themselves with the rigorous AP curriculum,” said Dr. Erika Cook. “This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our faculty.”