The target for a high performing school is to have an AP pass rate of 75% or above. Interesting to note is some schools do not require all students in an AP class to take the test. At SFC, however, part of the class requirement is to take the test. This year AP scores came in with a very solid 80% overall pass rate with all students in an AP class taking the test. Although the national pass rate for Advanced Placement Calculus classes is approximately 58 percent, 100% of Mr. Maxon’s AP Calculus AB and BC students passed the AP Calculus exam. Amazingly, all BC students passed with a five, a perfect score on the AP test.
What does it mean to pass an AP test? Scoring above a three, or passing an AP test typically translates to units in college. For instance, MIT will award 12 units to a student who received a five on the AP BC Calculus exam, a feat achieved by all of the SFC students in this past year’s class. If you take enough Advanced Placement classes and pass the exams, you can potentially graduate from college a semester or even a year early.
Math Team Winning Season
Love math? There is a place at SFC on the Math Team for students in either Middle School or Upper School. This past season, the team had 60 high school students compete in the 2016 American Mathematics Competition (AMC), the largest high school math contest in the world with over 100,000 of the best math students competing. The test is worth 150 points. In order to get ranked in the top 4000 in the world, a student needs a score of 90 or above. Eight students from SFC scored a 90 or above on the 2016 AMC test. Based on these scores one student, Paolo Pasco, was invited to compete in the 2016 American Mathematics invitational Exam (AIME) where he placed 314 in the world. The Upper School Math Team has had one of the best seasons in the history of the school.
We wish Math Team graduates all the best as many are going on to pursue STEM majors at universities such as Caltech (Bret Johnson), MIT(Van Coykendall), UCLA (Chase Bakkeby, Grace Stevenson), and USC (Katie Haller).
Mr. Maxon Receives Edyth May Sliffe Award
Congratulations to Mr. Mike Maxon for receiving the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching in Middle School and High School. The award is given annually to middle and high school mathematics teachers who have done outstanding work in motivating students in mathematics through participation in one of the MAA, AMC competitions.
Mr. Maxon has worked hard building a solid math program. Through his years at SFC, he has coached more than math lovers, he’s developed problem solvers.