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A Record 46 TASIS Students Earn AP Scholar Awards

In the analysis below, we offer a detailed look at the outstanding job TASIS The American School in Switzerland students did on the 2022 Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Hearty congratulations are due to the 119 students who sat for at least one exam, the devoted teachers who helped them prepare, AP Coordinator Elide Scurio, AP Lead Teacher Isaac Carey, Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff, and Head of High School Academics Dr. Mark Abisi.

A New Record for Exams Taken

This spring TASIS established new school records both for the number of students to take an AP exam (119) and for the number of total exams taken (264), topping the previous highs set during the 2021 exam session, in which 97 students combined to take 201 exams. These figures are particularly impressive in light of the fact that nearly half of all TASIS upperclassmen choose to pursue a full IB Diploma instead of taking AP classes.

Perfect Scores on 67 Exams

All AP exams are assessed on a scale of 1–5, and TASIS students recorded either a 4 or 5 on half of their exams. Sixty-seven exams were scored a perfect 5.

  1 2 3 4 5 Total Exams
Number of Exams 28 38 65 66 67 264
Percentage of Total Exams 11% 14% 25% 25% 25% 100%
Number of AP Students 20 30 52 50 44  
2022 AP Exams Score Breakdown


Success Rate Remains Above 85 Percent

The College Board defines “success” as follows:

“Success” on an AP exam is defined as an exam score of 3 or higher, which represents the score point that research finds predictive of college success and college graduation. These findings have held consistent across the decades. One example of such a study comes from the National Center for Educational Accountability, which found that an AP exam score, and a score of 3 or higher in particular, is a strong predictor of a student’s ability to persist in college and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Of the 119 TASIS students who sat for exams this spring, 102 scored a 3 or higher on at least one exam. The College Board considers this a school success rate of 85.7 percent, marking the fifth straight year in which TASIS students have achieved a rate of 82 percent or higher.

  2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total AP Students 85 84 87 97 119
Number of Exams 160 163 181 201 264
AP Students with Scores 3+ 70 73 79 83 102
% of Total AP Students with Scores 3+ 82.35 86.90 90.80 85.57 85.71
Score Summary: 2018–2022


A Record Number of AP Scholars

A total of 46 TASIS students earned AP Scholar Awards, which the College Board grants to “students who have demonstrated exemplary college-level achievement on AP Exams.” This total represents a new high for TASIS, topping the previous record of 37 that was set just last year.

AP Scholars: 2018–2022

An incredible 16 students earned the highest honor, AP Scholar with Distinction, for scoring 3 or higher on at least five exams while compiling an average score of 3.50 or higher. Carly Bachofen '22, Sonia Bartel '22, Payton Clardy '22, Adriano Condulmari '22, Alejandra Cova '22, Trevor Drummond '23, Dominique Grigorian '23, James Haunso '22, Spencer LeGresley '23, Leonardo Manzotti '22, Charles Mut-Tracy '22, Jakob Norton-Scherer '22, Grace Obergfell '22, William Pacini '23, Sofia Radici '22, and Fei Wu '22 combined to take 105 AP exams throughout their time at TASIS and collectively posted an exceptional average score of 4.39.

Riccardo Baroni '22, Anna Belan '22, Anna Brodska '22, Pia de Villalonga '22, Olivia Garcia Atance '22, Leonid Gurevich '23, Arina Kalashnikova '23, Kaan Kartal '23, Ana Loza '23, Oliver Riis '22, and Nikita Smyslov '22 were all named an AP Scholar with Honor for scoring 3 or higher on four or more exams with an average score of at least 3.25. These 11 scholars recorded a 3.74 average on their 53 exams.

In addition, the following 19 students earned the designation of AP Scholar for scoring 3 or higher on at least three exams:

  • Kentaro Barnes '23
  • Santiago Castillo '22
  • Laura Fernandez '23
  • Nitzan Gabriel '23
  • Aelita Kockar '22
  • Matvey Kolesnichenko '22
  • Lea Le Mat '23
  • Tommaso Lo Monaco '22
  • Carmen Maldonado '22
  • Paula Melo '23
  • Lily Moore '23
  • Casper Mottale '22
  • Isabella Ramirez '23
  • Luigi Rebuffo '23
  • Sicily Rios '22
  • Oscar Schiller '22
  • Yueyi Shen '22
  • Jianing Song '23
  • Najedah Tamer '22
     
46 67 50%
AP Scholars Perfect Scores (5/) Scores of 4 or Higher

 

Standout Subjects

Internationalism and multilingualism are hallmarks of the TASIS student body. With help from teachers in the Modern Languages Department, 27 of the 32 students who took the Italian Language and Culture, French Language and Culture, German Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, or Japanese Language and Culture exam scored either a 4 or 5. The cumulative average for these five exams was a remarkable 4.47.

History Department Chair Dan Kirsch helped 16 students achieve a mean score of 3.88 on the European History exam, with 56 percent of the group scoring a 4 or higher. The global average for the 80,066 students who took the exam this spring was 2.95.

Bill Dalton’s 21 students compiled an average score of 3.62 on the English Language and Composition exam, surpassing the global average by 0.79 points.

The 13 students who were prepared by Greg Kaskan for the English Literature and Composition exam also posted a mean score of 3.62 to exceed the world average by 0.31 points.

AP Computer Science class

Guided by Isaac Carey, 20 students took the Calculus AB exam and recorded a mean score of 3.45—0.54 points better than the 2.91 average for the 268,006 students around the world who took the exam this spring. Seven TASIS students scored a perfect 5. 

Mr. Carey also helped 12 students prepare for the Computer Science exam, and their mean score of 3.67 topped the world average by 0.47 points.

The 12 students in Dan Dudley's Statistics class combined to average 3.25, which outshined the world average by 0.36 points.

Jerry Bleckel helped 23 students prepare for the challenging Physics exam, and their average score of 2.96 bettered the global mark by 0.49 points.

Nine students took the Biology exam and produced a solid mean score of 3.33, 0.22 points better than the world average. They were guided by Brett Foster.

Of the 42 students Noah Clarke prepared for the Microeconomics exam, 10 scored a 5 and eight scored a 4. The group’s average score of 3.05 topped the world average by 0.12 points. 

Art & Design Classroom

Taking full advantage of the state-of-the-art Şahenk Fine Arts Center and the tutelage of Visual Arts Department Chair Martyn Dukes and Photography Teacher Frank Long, 14 students took the Drawing exam and earned an aggregate score of 3.57 while 12 took the 2-D Art & Design exam and averaged 3.42 points.

Finally, it is worth noting that all 57 students who sat for the 2-D Art & Design, European History, French Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, and Spanish Language and Culture exams scored a 3 or higher.
 

TASIS Advanced Placement Program

To learn why some students at TASIS focus their efforts on Advanced Placement (AP) classes while others choose to pursue an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, we recommend reviewing this article, which also includes an analysis of AP and IB results from 2015 and earlier. 

Analyses of more recent results can be found by following the links below:

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