Immaculate Heart has earned Gold recognition on the 2023 AP School Honor Roll for optimizing college readiness and broadening student access through Advanced Placement classes.
The College Board selected Immaculate Heart for the ranking based on criteria for its AP program, which enables students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both – while still in high school.
Immaculate Heart was also named the recipient of College Board’s AP Access Award for providing all students the chance to participate in its AP program, including students of underrepresented populations.
Immaculate Heart currently offers 16 AP courses, including the prestigious two-year AP Capstone program. Each year, Immaculate Heart students excel in AP courses based on their high passing rate on the rigorous AP exams. For example, of the 191 students who took AP exams last spring, 81 percent achieved passing scores of 3 or higher on a five-point scale.
College Board cited several more impressive Immaculate Heart statistics: During the 2022-23 school year, 79 percent of Immaculate Heart seniors took at least one AP exam before graduating. Additionally, 67 percent of seniors received a score of three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 25 percent of seniors took five or more AP exams during their four years of high school!
“What is most impressive about our AP program is that course grades very closely align with AP scores,” Immaculate Heart High School Principal Naemah Morris said. “This demonstrates that our teachers understand the expectations of the AP program, prepare students effectively, and hold them accountable to that preparation throughout the entire school year.”
Last year’s AP Research students returned to teacher Al Grindon’s class recently to offer their seasoned advice to current students on their research projects.
A Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12, Immaculate Heart has been located on a beautiful hillside property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles since our founding by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1906. We celebrate more than a century of nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social and moral development of students as they distinguish themselves as women of great heart and right conscience.