Phoenixville Area High School named an AP District of the Year

PHOENIXVILLE —This year the Phoenixville Area High School, for the first time, was named an AP District of the Year, one of only 539 high schools in North America.

Dr. Craig Parkinson, PAHS principal, was proud of this accomplishment.

“The faculty at PAHS has made it our goal to provide each student the opportunity to access more rigorous courses and prepare them to be successful when they leave us,” Parkinson said.“Our students come from very diverse backgrounds and have demonstrated that through support, hard work, dedication and a strong desire to learn, they can make it happen. It is an honor to serve such an academically focused group of students, alongside a very passionate staff.”

This prestigious award is given to High Schools that:


•Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts and at least 11 percent in small districts;

•Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts or by more than 10 percent for small districts;

•Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010, unless the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

Dr. Alan Fegley, superintendent of schools, stated, “We continually are striving for our students to Be the Best, and this is another indication of the strides we are making toward that goal.”