Los Alamitos Unified School District among California’s best

Los Alamitos Unified School District is one of the top of 367 in the nation for those seeking higher education.

For the second year in a row, LAUSD was recognized on the second annual AP District Honor Roll, published by the College Board, which makes the SATs and the Advanced Placement program.

AP classes provide high school students with college level coursework and, if a student scores high marks on an AP test, college credit.

The College Board ranked school districts across America on a number of criteria, such as whether the district increased enrollment in AP courses and increased or maintained performance on AP tests.

Eighteen California school districts made the grade.

Boosting AP enrollment and test scores was “really something” for the district, according to Superintendent Sherry Kropp. “We are extremely proud,” she said.

In the 2010-11 school year, 646 LAUSD students enrolled in AP courses.

Students took 1,281 AP tests, and the overall AP test passage rate was 83.4 percent, according to Kropp.

That surpassed 2009-10, when 617 students enrolled, 1,249 tests were taken, and students passed at a 79.9 percent rate.

The numbers are even higher compared with 2002, when the district had 344 students enrolled in AP classes, 633 tests taken, and a test passage rate of about 77 percent. Kropp said the school board’s goal is for all high school students to take at least one AP class before graduation.

“We want students to know they can do it,” Kropp said.

“So, if their goal includes going to college, they can do it,” Kroop said.

Laguna Beach Unified was the only other Orange County district to make the honor roll.