Keith AP History course among best in U.S.

Keith School has the top Advanced Placement (AP) European History course in the United States for schools in its size, the College Board announced Feb. 6. It is the second consecutive year a Keith School AP program was recognized with this honor. In 2006, Keith’s AP U.S. History course was rated No. 1.

“This is a remarkable achievement for both Keith School and Dr. Ronald Lee, who teaches our AP History courses and is our History Department chair,” said Jon Esler, head of school. “Having two AP programs get recognized as the best in the country speaks volumes about our curriculum and the quality of teachers we employ.”

The Rockford college-preparatory school is one of six Illinois schools honored for exemplary programs. The other five schools are in or outside the Chicago area.

Keith’s AP program was identified by the College Board by comparing the number of students with scores of 3 or higher on the most recent AP European Exam to the total high school enrollment. No other school had a greater proportion of its student body succeed in the AP European History course last year, and as a result, Keith ranked atop the field for schools with fewer than 300 students in grades 9-12.

The national announcement was made by College Board President Gaston Caperton at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The press conference included the release of the Advanced Placement Report to the Nation, which details each state’s successes and challenges in preparing students for college through participation in rigorous AP courses.

In addition to European History, Keith School offers AP courses in U.S. History, English, literature, chemistry, biology, two levels of calculus and music theory. Students can also sit in on other AP exams, such as Probability and Statistics, French, Spanish and Environmental Science.

Dr. Lee is in his fifth year as the History Department chairman at Keith School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago and master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from Boston College.

From the March 7-13, 2007, issue

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